Core Indicators 2019: Health Trends in the Americas


Core Indicators 2019: Health Trends in the Americas is a milestone achievement. For a quarter of a century now PAHO has—through this publication—provided the latest information on key health and health-related indicators for the Region of the Americas. Data for 270+ indicators are published annually online, within the Core Indicators section of PAHO's Health Information Platform for the Americas (PLISA, according to the acronym in Spanish). Compliant with the terms outlined by Member States in Resolution CD40.R10 on the "Collection and Use of Core Health Data," much of the data are reported from countries, while the remaining data are obtained from UN Inter-Agency estimates to facilitate comparability among subregions and countries.

The Core Indicators database contains a series of data from 1995 to 2019 for countries and territories in the Region of the Americas. These data are comparable to allow for trend analysis over time, by indicators, subregion, or country. More importantly, the data include sources and corresponding technical notes that are easy to locate and download. The 2019 edition presents selected core indicators data in a visual, thought-provoking format to illustrate notable trends over the past 25 years. It also includes the traditional data tables on the 82 core indicators for the countries, territories, and subregions of the Americas, grouped into the following categories: demographic-socioeconomic, health status, risk factors, service coverage, and health systems. Information is also presented on 18 indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the complete set of core indicator data (200 indicators, including 26 SDGs), we encourage you to visit PAHO’s online database.