Health statistics and information systems

Reported information on mortality statistics (2005)

WHO issues a call for data each year to its Member States. These data are then released on the web to allow researchers to use them. In order to understand how mortality statistics are collected in countries, WHO sent a questionnaire to the countries in 2005 asking various questions on their civil registration system, certification and coding practices as well as other relevant information.

A total of 84 countries responded to the questionnaire and the results were compiled into 3 tables:

Some of the tables may contain responses for less than 84 countries either because the questions were not applicable or the countries do not provide any response.

Responses to the questionnaire were translated into English. However some local terms were kept in order to keep the meaning of the original answers. Because in some countries processing of information, such as coding for example can be decentralized or death certificates can differ from one province to another, countries can have more than one answer to some of the questions.