• Trends in national mortality rates •  

Graphs showing time trends in mortality rates

Population of the 10 most populous countries,

middle-aged adults (35-69 years): 1950-2010

Graph showing population of 10 largest countries in world, middle age

Notes: In 1950, there were 269 million middle-aged people living in either China or India; in 2005, there were 863 million: 533 million in China, and 331 million in India. Projections suggest that the combined population will pass 1 billion in 2012.

Source of data: United Nations Population Division, "World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision".

WHO mortality rates for particular countries, ages and causes of death