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Mortality and Causes of Death

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Distribution of causes of deaths

Situation: In the Region of the Americas approximately  44% of total death occurred before the age of 70 years old. In lower and upper middle income countries about 52% of deaths occurred before that age compared with 35% in high income countries, an excess of 17% of deaths.   

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Diabetes mellitus

deaths due to Diabetes ocurred every year in the Region of the Americas

Avoidable mortality by Diabetes

Ischemic Health Diseases

of deaths in the Americas are due to Ischemic Heart Diseases

Leading causes of death in the Americas 

Mortality statistics are fundamental to guide priorities in public health policy, planning, and resource allocation. Reliable information on levels of mortality and leading causes of death enables decision-makers to strategically design, fund and implement programs to ensure the greatest possible impact on longevity and quality of life. 

In this theme a set of information products on mortality statistics from  the Region of the Americas are highlighted.   

altLife Expectancy at birth
Explore the regional situation

altCauses of death by ICD-10 Chapters
Explore the distribution of causes of deaths by ICD-10 Chapters and detailed causes

altBroad causes of death
Explore the situation by countries

altLeading causes of deaths
Analyze the leading causes of deaths of the population and identify and recommend interventions to reduce mortality burden.

altProportional Mortality by income groups
Explore the mortality distribution pattern and trend by income and age groups

altPremature mortality due to Cerebrovascular disease

altTrend of Porportional Mortality by GBD groups of causes of death


:: Family of International Classifications
:: International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10)
:: Family of International Classification Networt

:: Global Burden of Disease

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