Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Global Observatory on Health Research and Development (R&D)

Published following wide user feedback on a demonstration version, this is a centralized and comprehensive source of information and analyses on global health R&D activities. The Observatory monitors various health R&D related data and incorporates these in comprehensive analyses, with interactive visualizations to help users track and investigate the development in health R&D across many dimensions.

The Observatory will help governments, policy-makers, funders and researchers identify health R&D priorities based on public health needs and ensure that funds and resources are used to fill R&D gaps.

Tracking progress towards Universal Health Coverage

WHO's Universal Health Coverage data portal shows where countries need to improve access to services, and where they need to improve information.

The portal features the latest data on access to health services globally and in each of WHO’s 194 Member States, along with information about equity of access. Next year WHO will add data on the impact that paying for health services has on household finances.

Data and analyses for health and health-related SDGs

Monitoring health for the SDGs

Welcome to the Global Health Observatory, WHO's gateway to health-related statistics for more than 1000 indicators for its 194 Member States.

Data are organized to monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including health status indicators to monitor progress towards for the overall health goal, indicators to track equity in health indicators, and the indicators for the specific health and health-related targets of the SDGs.


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Child care

< 50%of children with suspected pneumonia in low income countries are taken to an appropriate health provider

Care seeking for pneumonia

Health worker density

About 44%of WHO Member States report to have less than 1 physician per 1000 population

Density of physicians

Adequate sanitation

68%of the world’s population had access to improved sanitation facilities in 2015

Use of improved sanitation facilities

Image heading: GHO themes

The Global Health Observatory theme pages provide data and analyses on global health priorities. Each theme page provides information on global situation and trends highlights, using core indicators, database views, major publications and links to relevant web pages on the theme.

SDG health and health-related target indicators

3.6 Road traffic injuries

3.7 Sexual and reproductive health

3.8 Universal health coverage

3.9 Mortality from environmental pollution

3.a Tobacco control

3.b Essential medicines and vaccines

3.c Health financing and health workforce

3.d National and global health risks

2.2 Child malnutrition

6.1 Drinking water
6.2 Sanitation and hygiene

7.1 Clean household energy
11.6 Clean cities

16.1 Violence

GHO data & standards

GHO publications

Country health data systems

Regional Health Observatories