This report is the first of its kind to be issued on topics related to mortality and health. It presents information on mortality risks, life expectancy, maternal mortality, HIV prevalence, and national policies with respect to such topics for 192 countries. The data are compiled from civil registration, population censuses, nationally representative sample surveys and, in the case of national policies, Governments' responses to United Nations inquiries and other sources.
For each country, available data on 19 indicators are presented in tabular form. In most cases, this information is provided for two dates (around 1970 and around 2000). In addition, time series of life expectancy at birth and the infant mortality rate from various sources are presented for each country in graphical form. Available estimates of these two indicators are compared on the graphs with estimates presented in World Population Prospects: The 2004 Revision.