Friday, January 6, 2012

[EQ] Health Situation in the Americas - Basic Indicators 2011

Health Situation in the Americas - Basic Indicators 2011

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

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“…..This publication presents the latest available information on basic health indicators for 48 countries/territories in the Region of the Americas.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of death in the Americas, accounting for 76% of all deaths during 2007-2009. 

Among NCDs, we highlight diabetes mellitus because of its high prevalence. This edition highlights diabetes mellitus because of its high prevalence among NCDs. Estimates indicate that around 55 million people live with diabetes in the Region in 2010. It also includes a thematic map that shows the avoidable mortality from diabetes mellitus for the population under 50 years of age in the Region of the Americas and the mortality trend of diabetes for the past 10 years, showing the different death risks and inequities among countries.

The information presented in this publication has been compiled, processed and reviewed by PAHO/WHO technical staff in collaboration with staff from the ministries of health and planning and statistics offices in the Americas….”


Demographic indicators
Mortality indicators
Morbidity indicators
Resources, access & coverage indicators
Socioeconomic indicators
Diabetes mellitus: trends, avoidable mortality and inequality
Technical notes & sources

Situación de Salud en las Américas. Indicadores Básicos 2011

Organización Panamericana de la Salud/Organización Mundial de la Salud (OPS/OMS)


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“……Este folleto presenta la información más actualizada sobre los indicadores básicos de salud de 48 países/territorios de la Región de las Américas. Las enfermedades no transmisibles (ENT) son las principales causas de muerte en las Américas al representar 76% de todas las defunciones durante 2007-2009.    

Esta edición destaca la Diabetes mellitus debido a su alta prevalencia entre las ENT.   Los cálculos indican que alrededor de 55 millones de personas viven con la diabetes en la Región en el 2010. También incluye un mapa temático que muestra la mortalidad prevenible por diabetes mellitus para la población menor de 50 años de edad en la Región de las Américas y la tendencia de mortalidad de diabetes en los últimos 10 años, mostrando los diferentes riesgos de la muerte e inequidades entre países. 

La información presentada en este folleto ha sido recabada, procesada y examinada por los técnicos de la OPS/OMS en colaboración con el personal de los ministerios de salud y planificación y las oficinas de estadística en las Américas….”

For this publication:
Latin America includes Mexico, Central American Isthmus, Latin Caribbean, Andean Area, Brazil, and Southern Cone.
Latin America and the Caribbean is composed of Latin America and non-Latin Caribbean. Because of their population size, Brazil and Mexico are being shown separately.


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