The EU Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS) sets out the objective of promoting good public health on equal conditions and improve protection against health threats.
|Headline indicator ||Operational objectives and targets ||Actions/explanatory variables|
|Healthy life years and life expectancy at birth, by sex ||Health and health inequalities|
|Death rate due to chronic diseases, by sex ||Healthy life years and life expectancy at age 65, by sex |
|Suicide death rate, total by age group |
|Suicide death rate, males by age group |
|Suicide death rate, females by age group |
|Self reported unmet need for medical examination or treatment, by income quintile |
|Determinants of health|
|Index of production of toxic chemicals, by toxicity class ||Urban population exposure to air pollution by particulate matter |
|Urban population exposure to air pollution by ozone |
|Proportion of population living in households considering that they suffer from noise |
|Serious accidents at work |
Evaluation of changes in public health (2013 monitoring)
The developments in the public health theme present a rather inconsistent picture:
- Life expectancy increased, however, people do not necessarily live longer in good health;
- 18% drop in the death rate due to chronic diseases between 2000 and 2009.
- 14% drop in the suicide rate, the decline has stopped since the onset of the economic crisis, in particular among men;
- More people have felt unable to afford medical expenses;
- Production of toxic chemicals produced in the EU climbed back to pre-crisis levels until 2011;
- 2010 target has not been met for exposure to air pollution by particulate matter; increase of exposure to air pollution by ozone.
More information on the evaluation of changes for the EU Sustainable Development Indicators (EU SDIs) on public health is available on Statistics Explained: Sustainable development - public health.