World health snapshot shows Aussies still drinking too much

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An annual snapshot of the state of the world’s health shows that every day in 15 000 children died before reaching their fifth birthday in 2016 and less than half the people in the world get all of the essential health services they need. The World Health Organisation's World Health Statistics look at progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and shows Australia performs well in most areas but ranks worse than the global average when it comes to suicide rates and alcohol consumption.

Organisation/s: World Health Organisation

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From: World Health Organisation

Publication of the World Health Statistics 2018

What:  This year’s World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs is now published.

The WHO publication provides an annual snapshot of the state of the world’s health. The 2018 edition highlights that, while remarkable progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals has been made in some areas, progress has stalled in others and the gains that have been made could easily be lost.

The latest data show that:

  • Less than half the people in the world today get all of the essential health services they need.
  • In 2010, almost 100 million people were pushed into extreme poverty because they had to pay for health services out of their own pockets.
  • 13 million people die every year before the age of 70 from cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer – most in low and middle-income countries.
  • Every day in 2016, 15 000 children died before reaching their fifth birthday.

When:  17 May 2018, 15:30 CEST

Where: Available online at: http://www.who.int/gho/publications/world_health_statistics/2018/en/

Journalists can access a short document with a selection of data from the World Health Statistics to show progress towards the SDGs at: http://www.who.int/gho/publications/world_health_statistics/2018/EN_WHS2018_SDGhighlights.pdf

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