In 2016, the average life expectancy of the world’s population was 72 years and the adult mortality rate was 142 per 1,000.
Important changes in the most recent statistics show that:
- Deaths from dementia doubled since 2000, making it the 5th leading cause of death in 2016, compared to the 14th in 2000.
- HIV/AIDS is no longer on the list of the top 10 causes of death.
Death probability among adults 15-60 years of age, per 1,000
Source: Global Health Observatory (GHO) data repository: Adult mortality data by WHO region. Available at http://apps.who.int/gho/data/view.main.1340?lang=en. Last updated: 2018-05-07.
Of the 56.9 million deaths that took place around the world in 2016, more than half (54%) were due to one of the top 10 causes identified on the table shown.
Top 10 Causes of Death in the World
These have been the main causes of death around the world in the past 15 years.
|04. Lower respiratory infections
09. Diarrheal infections
|01. Ischemic heart disease
02. Heart attack
03. Chronic obstructive lung disease
05. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
06. Tracheal, bronchial and lung cancer
07. Diabetes mellitus
|08. Traffic Accidents|