Health Situation Analysis in the African Region. Atlas of Health Statistics, 2011

Publication Overview

The African Region is one of the six regions in which the World Health Organization (WHO) collaborates with countries in public health. With over 730 million inhabitants in 46 countries (see Figures A and B), it accounts for about one-seventh of the world’s population.

This statistical atlas describes the health status and trends in the countries of the African Region, the various components of their health systems, coverage and access levels for specific programmes and services, and the key determinants of health in the Region, and the progress made on reaching the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Each indicator is described, as appropriate, by place (WHO Regions and countries in the African Region), person (age and sex) and time (various years) using maps and graphs. The aim is to give a comprehensive overview of the health situation in the African Region and its 46 Member States.

The main source for the data is WHO-AFRO’s integrated database based on the World Health Statistics 2010. Other UN agency databases have been used when necessary. All the data and figures in this atlas can be accessed through the African Health Observatory (