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WHO. 2023 ‘Violent Death Estimates by Country.’ Disease Burden and Mortality Estimates: Cause-Specific Mortality, 2000–2016. Geneva: World Health Organization. 4 February

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Global, regional, and country statistics on population and health indicators are used for assessing development and health progress and for guiding resource allocation. The estimates are also used to monitor progress towards the health-related targets within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will require regular reporting on child mortality, maternal mortality and mortality due to non-communicable diseases, suicide, pollution, road traffic injuries, homicide, natural disasters and conflict[…]

These WHO Global Health Estimates provide a comprehensive and comparable set of cause of death estimates from year 2000 onwards, consistent with and incorporating UN agency, interagency and WHO estimates for population, births, all-cause deaths and specific causes of death, including:

- Most recent vital registration (VR) data for all countries submitting VR data to the WHO Mortality Database (WHO MDB), where the VR data meets certain criteria for completeness and quality;

- Updated and additional information on levels and trends for child and adult mortality in many countries without good death registration data;

- Improvements in methods used for the estimation of causes of child deaths in countries without good death registration data;

- Updated assessments of levels and trends for specific causes of death by WHO programs and interagency groups; and

- Global Burden of Disease 2016 (GBD2016) study estimates for other causes in countries without useable VR data or other nationally representative sources of information on causes of death.

[Editor's note: GunPolicy.org incorporates this data to provide more accurate coverage of homicides and suicides in countries where such reporting is lacking or of poor quality]

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