Cause of death, by communicable diseases and maternal, prenatal and nutrition conditions (% of total) - Country Ranking - Africa

Definition: Cause of death refers to the share of all deaths for all ages by underlying causes. Communicable diseases and maternal, prenatal and nutrition conditions include infectious and parasitic diseases, respiratory infections, and nutritional deficiencies such as underweight and stunting.

Source: Derived based on the data from WHO's Global Health Estimates.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Mozambique 65.30 2016
2 Somalia 64.20 2016
3 Central African Republic 63.70 2016
4 Angola 63.40 2016
4 Chad 63.40 2016
6 Kenya 63.30 2016
7 Niger 62.70 2016
7 Nigeria 62.70 2016
9 Guinea-Bissau 62.10 2016
10 Dem. Rep. Congo 61.70 2016
11 Zambia 60.60 2016
11 Mali 60.60 2016
13 Malawi 59.70 2016
14 Lesotho 59.30 2016
15 Liberia 58.50 2016
16 Sierra Leone 57.90 2016
17 Burkina Faso 56.30 2016
18 Burundi 55.80 2016
18 Tanzania 55.80 2016
20 Guinea 55.70 2016
21 Congo 55.50 2016
22 The Gambia 54.80 2016
23 Zimbabwe 54.60 2016
24 Uganda 54.50 2016
25 Benin 54.10 2016
26 Cameroon 53.90 2016
27 Eswatini 53.70 2016
28 Equatorial Guinea 53.40 2016
28 Mauritania 53.40 2016
30 Côte d'Ivoire 52.40 2016
31 Togo 51.70 2016
32 Gabon 49.90 2016
33 Namibia 49.30 2016
34 Ethiopia 49.00 2016
35 Ghana 47.50 2016
36 Comoros 47.40 2016
37 Madagascar 46.20 2016
38 Botswana 46.00 2016
39 Senegal 45.70 2016
40 Djibouti 45.20 2016
41 Eritrea 42.90 2016
42 Rwanda 42.40 2016
43 South Africa 39.60 2016
44 Sudan 35.20 2016
45 São Tomé and Principe 33.90 2016
46 Cabo Verde 19.50 2016
47 Algeria 14.80 2016
48 Morocco 14.00 2016
49 Seychelles 11.90 2016
50 Egypt 10.20 2016
51 Libya 8.00 2016
52 Tunisia 7.80 2016
53 Mauritius 6.50 2016

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Limitations and Exceptions: The limited availability of data on health status is a major constraint in assessing the health situation in developing countries. Surveillance data are lacking for many major public health concerns. Estimates of prevalence and incidence are available for some diseases but are often unreliable and incomplete. National health authorities differ widely in capacity and willingness to collect or report information. To compensate for this and improve reliability and international comparability, the World Health Organization (WHO) prepares estimates in accordance with epidemiological models and statistical standards.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Data on cause of death are compiled by the WHO, based mainly on data from national vital registry systems, as well as sample registration systems, population laboratories, and epidemiological analysis of specific conditions. Data are classified based on the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision. Data have been carefully analyzed to take into account incomplete coverage of vital registration and the likely differences in cause of death patterns that would be expected in undercovered and often poorer subpopulations. Special attention has also been paid to misattribution or miscoding of causes of death in cardiovascular diseases, cancer, injuries, and general ill-defined categories. For further information, consult the original source.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual