Mortality rate attributed to unintentional poisoning (per 100,000 population)

Definition: Mortality rate attributed to unintentional poisonings is the number of deaths from unintentional poisonings in a year per 100,000 population. Unintentional poisoning can be caused by household chemicals, pesticides, kerosene, carbon monoxide and medicines, or can be the result of environmental contamination or occupational chemical exposure.

Description: The map below shows how Mortality rate attributed to unintentional poisoning (per 100,000 population) varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the world is Moldova, with a value of 5.50. The country with the lowest value in the world is Brunei, with a value of 0.00.

Source: World Health Organization, Global Health Observatory Data Repository (

See also: Country ranking, Time series comparison

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Development Relevance: Mortality rates due to unintentional poisoning remains relatively high in low income countries. This indicator implicates inadequate management of hazardous chemicals and pollution, and of the effectiveness of a country’s health system.

Limitations and Exceptions: Some countries do not have death registration data or sample registration systems. The estimates on this indicator need to be completed with other type of information for these countries.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual