About the Data

PAHO Core Indicators include data for 49 countries and territories of the Region of the Americas from 1995-2022 or latest available year.

The regional core indicators data set provides information from a combination of different data sources that allow a wide health situation perspective.

Data sources for Core Indicators

For selected indicators, data providers are national health authorities, specifically national technical programs, and National Statistical Offices. These data are channeled through PAHO technical programs that receive, review, and validate data before dissemination. Other data providers are the Population Division of the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the US Census Bureau International Database, UN programs such as UNICEF as well as and UN agencies such as WHO, UNESCO, World Bank as well as UN programs such as UNICEF. A major data provider is WHO, who hosts the Global Health Observatory and the Global Health Expenditure database.

These data sources were defined to ensure comparability between countries. Therefore, data may differ from national statistics.

Comparability and data quality

Data was reviewed for completeness and consistency, but users should interpret data with caution as definitions and estimation methodology may differ across countries.

For vital statistics indicators: data may have one or more of the following limitations for international comparability: preliminary data, coverage of maternal deaths, infant deaths and live births, differences in the maternal death definition, different denominators, the analysis of only confirmed maternal deaths, and coverage of maternal and infant deaths, including neonatal deaths.

We continue to collect core indicators from Bonaire, San Eustatius, and Saba (BES). In this dataset, BES data is not included.

The regional and subregional aggregates for rates, ratios, and proportions are weighted averages using population, age-specific population groups, births, deaths, and urban and rural populations as appropriate. Sums are presented for absolute numbers. Subregional figures are only shown when data are available for at least 50% of the population within the subregion.

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Suggested citation: Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization. Core Indicators Portal. Washington D.C: Published on September 26, 2022. [Consulted: month – day -year]. Available from: https://opendata.paho.org/en/core-indicators.