World Health Organization (WHO)

Topic/focus: Behavior, Vital Events, Demographics
Year(s): Varies depending on data
Source: World Health Organization
Study and sample characteristics: Country level summary tables, maps, reports
Universe: Member countries of the WHO
Variables: n/a
Access: Publically available
Cost: Free
Key web links: World Health Organization (WHO)
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (

Summary: The Global Health Observatory (GHO) data repository provides access to over 50 datasets on priority health topics including mortality and burden of diseases, the Millennium Development Goals (child nutrition, child health, maternal and reproductive health, immunization, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected diseases, water and sanitation), non communicable diseases and risk factors, epidemic-prone diseases, health systems, environmental health, violence and injuries, equity among others. In addition, the GHO provides online access to WHO's annual summary of health-related data for its 194 Member states: the World Health Statistics 2011. Many of these datasets represent the best estimates of WHO using methodologies for specific indicators that aim for comparability across countries and time; they are updated as more recent or revised data become available, or when there are changes to the methodology being used. Therefore, they are not always the same as official national estimates, although WHO whenever possible will provide Member States the opportunity review and comment on data and estimates as part of country consultations. Please check the Indicator and Measurement Registry for indicator specific information.