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The World Health Statistics Report is the World Health Organization's (WHO) yearly compilation of health and health-related indicators for its 194 Member States, which has been published since 2005. This report is produced in partnership with WHO technical divisions and Regional Offices by the Division of Data, Analytics, and Delivery for Impact. With an emphasis on the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2022 edition examines more than 50 health-related metrics from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and WHO's Triple Billion goals.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on health systems all around the world for more than two years. Not only has the epidemic slowed the delivery of critical health services, but it has also disrupted global attempts to monitor and collect health data, depriving analysts and researchers of crucial data at a pivotal juncture.
To avoid disaster, many national statistical agencies, and ministries of health used novel data collection methodologies. Unfortunately, not all member states had the means or capacity to adapt, further lagging their statistical and informational systems. More than 500 million COVID-19 cases have been reported to WHO, with 6 million deaths. However, due to testing restrictions and the lack of health information systems in many countries, the true toll is substantially higher. As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published estimates of extra mortality linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, either directly or indirectly.
Using readily available data, this paper summarizes the impact of COVID-19 on SDG indicators. The most recent data on COVID-19 cases, deaths, excess mortality, immunizations, and the pandemic's impact on key health services are also included in this study. It outlines major trends and discrepancies in the distribution of COVID-19 infections, deaths, and vaccination availability. It highlights worldwide and regional trends in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, as well as the global disease and injury load. This article contains specialized sections that give the most recent available data for a wide range of behavioral, environmental, and metabolic risk variables that are essential determinants of health. It also focuses on universal health coverage (UHC) and describes recent developments in service coverage and financial protection, as well as crucial aspects of health systems.
World health statistics 2022 is based on data from global surveillance as of late April 2022. These figures were compiled mostly from WHO or UN partner entity databases, with statistics and analyses from peer-reviewed publications thrown in for good measure.
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