Health statistics and information systems

WHO Mortality Database

The WHO Mortality Database is a compilation of mortality data by age, sex and cause of death, as reported annually by Member States from their civil registration systems.

  • Access the online database
    Number of deaths and age-standardized death rates by country, year, cause, sex and age are presented in a user-friendly application. Cause-of-death data coded according to the ICD-9 and ICD-10 are provided since 1979 to date. Population and live births are provided.

  • Query the online database
    Cause of Death Query Online (CoDQL) is a user-friendly tool that allows users to extract easily cause-of-death data by country, year, sex and age. Data since 1950 to date as coded according to the ICD-7, 8, 9 and 10 are available. The tool also enables detailed causes of death to be aggregated to form broader cause-category according to the users’ need.

  • Download raw data files
    Basic underlying raw data files, together with the necessary instructions, file structures, code reference tables, etc. These data can be used by institutions and organizations which need access at this level of detail, mainly for research purposes, AND have the required information technology (IT) resources to use this information.

  • Frequently asked questions

  • Results of 2005 survey on mortality data