Atlas of African Health Statistics

Atlas of African Health cover


1. Overview of the WHO Africa Region

2. Mortality and Morbidity Statistics

3. Maternal and Reproductive Health

4. Child Health and Nutrition

5. Adolescent health services

6. Communicable diseases

7. Non-communicable Diseases

8. Health emergencies and interventions

9. Health systems and services

10.Social determinants of health


Guide for the establishment of health observatories
Guide for the establishment of health observatoriesThe “health observatory” concept of gathering, analysing, synthesizing and sharing of reliable and quality health information on population health and health services has become increasingly popular since the 1970s. First adopted in France (1974), then Belgium, Italy and later England (Liverpool, 1990), the application of the concept has steadily extended. There are now over 60 observatories...

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Overview of the African Region

HIV prevalence


(among adults aged 15-49 years)

Under-five mortality rate


(per 1 000 live births, 2012)

Maternal mortality ratio


(per 100 000 live births)

TB prevalence rate


(per 100 000 population, 2014)

Under five mortality rate
Average life expectancy at birth in years in the African Region
Maternal mortality ratio (Trend)
Number & percent of HIV inf individuals receiving ant treat
Number of new TB cases per 1000 population
Estimated number of malaria cases per 1000 population

The African Regional Health Report 2014 Narrowing the knowledge gap in sub-saharan Africa
This report provides an assessment of the current status and trends in health in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region, which consists of 47 of the 54 countries on the African continent and is one of the six regions of WHO. The African Health Observatory and national health observatories as platforms for strengthening health information systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

African Health Monitor

The African Health Monitor is published quarterly by the WHO Regional Office for Africa. Its peer-reviewed articles in English, French and Portuguese aim to promote evidence-based policy for strengthening health promotion programmes in the Region. All Issues »

Issue #17 » July 2013


  • AFRO support for a policy dialogue to develop health financing systems and move towards universal health coverage in Africa

  • The impact of mutual health organizations in Rwanda

  • Gabon’s national insurance scheme

  • The abolishment of user fees in Uganda

  • The effect paying for essential healthcare has on deepening poverty – the experiences of Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Senegal

AHO Networks

Learn more about the African Health Observatory networks and communities of practice.

National Health Observatories

Multiple stakeholder and collaborative platforms that support and facilitate the production, sharing and application of information, evidence and knowledge to improve national health systems and outcomes.