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World Health Organization. (2021) World health statistics 2021: monitoring health for the SDGs, sustainable development goals. Geneva: World Health Organization. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

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WHO’s World Health Statistics report 2021 presents the latest data for more than 50 health-related indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals and WHO’s “triple billion” targets. It finds an overall increase in global life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at birth as a result of improvements in several communicable diseases, maternal, perinatal and nutritional conditions, noncommunicable diseases, injuries and their underlying determinants. Persisting inequalities also continue to impact population health in most, if not all, aspects. Despite the overall improvement in service coverage, between and within countries disadvantaged populations still have lower access to care and are at greater risk of facing catastrophic costs. While premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases – the world’s leading cause of death – continue to fall, progress has slowed in recent years and key risk factors including tobacco use and alcohol consumption, hypertension, obesity, and physical inactivity will require urgent and targeted intervention.

PDF p.52 Fig. 3.6. Annual alcohol consumption (litres pure alcohol per capita), by sex and WHO region, 2019 and Fig. 3.7. and, Prevalence of tobacco use, by sex and WHO region, 2018.

PDF p.85 European region - Summary of SDG 3 indicators for which country-level values are reported as  comparable estimates - alcohol consumption; tobacco use prevalence

PDF p.102 Ireland - Probability of dying from any of CVD, cancer, diabetes, CRD between age 30 and exact age 70 (%); Suicide mortality rate (per 100 000 population); Total alcohol per capita (≥ 15 years of age) consumption (litres of pure alcohol).

[See also, link to Excel spreadsheet on WHO website - Country, WHO region and global statistics xls]

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Irish-related, International, Report
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May 2021
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Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO
132 p.
World Health Organization
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