New global health data available online from the WHO

The World Health Organization has launched a Global Health Observatory – a new web-based portal providing access to data and analyses for monitoring global health. It has also published its annual world health statistics reports, presenting the most recent statistics for WHO’s 193 member states.

The Global Health Observatory data repository provides a single point of access to over 50 datasets on health topics including mortality, burden of diseases, non communicable diseases and their risk factors, the Millennium Development Goals (child nutrition, child health, maternal and reproductive health, immunisation, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected diseases, water and sanitation), health systems, environmental health, violence and injuries and equity. It can be found at www.who.int/research/en/

It also provides online access to WHO's annual summary of health-related data for its member states – the World Health Statistics reports for 2011. World Health Statistics 2011 has been compiled using publications and databases produced and maintained by the technical programmes and regional offices of WHO. Indicators have been included on the basis of their relevance to global public health, the availability and quality of the data, and the reliability and comparability of the resulting estimates.