Health Situation in the Americas. Basic Indicators 2012

Wednesday, September 19 2012

Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) - 2012

On a yearly basis since 1995, the Regional Core Health Data Initiative of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) presents the most recent information on health indicators in the Region of the Americas.

On the 110th anniversary of PAHO/WHO, this publication highlights the mortality due to external causes (EC); those causes of death different from natural causes and recognized as avoidable such as suicides, homicides and accidents. From the data reported by the countries, it is estimated that over 5.5 million people died from EC in the Region between 1999 and 2009.

Three and a half million deaths (64%) occurred among the young and adult population (10-49 years old) with an average of 319,000 deaths per year; 84% of the deaths happened among males, five times more deaths among men than women. The most frequent causes were homicides (33%) and land transport accidents (26%).

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