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WHO publishes key world health stats

The 'World Health Statistics 2007' highlights health statistics from around the world.

The World Health Organisation has published ‘World Health Statistics 2007', the most complete set of health statistics from its 193 Member States.

The edition highlights trends in 10 of the most closely watched global health statistics. It is the authoritative annual reference for a set of 50 health indicators in countries around the world.

WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, focused on the need for accurate evidence and up-to-date statistics as the basis for policy decisions.

"Reliable health data and statistics are the foundation of health policies, strategies, and evaluation and monitoring," she said.

"Evidence is also the foundation for sound health information for the general public. I regard the generation and use of health information as the most urgent need."

The WHO says that the report, also available as an online database, should be on the desk of every health policy maker and researcher.

It contains a wealth of statistics on public health, highlights major causes of death, and projects future causes of illness.

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