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Theme 5: Public health

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 Table, Graph and Map  Explanatory text (Metadata) Health and health inequalities
Death rate due to chronic diseases, by sex Table, Graph and Map  Explanatory text (Metadata) Healthy life years and life expectancy at age 65, by sex Table, Graph and Map   Explanatory text (Metadata)
Suicide death rate, total by age group Table, Graph and Map  Explanatory text (Metadata)
Suicide death rate, males by age group Table, Graph and Map  Explanatory text (Metadata)
Suicide death rate, females by age group http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/tgm/table.do?tab=table&init=1&plugin=1&language=en&pcode=tsdph260"Table,  Explanatory text (Metadata)
Self reported unmet need for medical examination or treatment, by income quintile Table, Graph and Map  Explanatory text (Metadata)
Determinants of health
Index of production of toxic chemicals, by toxicity class Table, Graph and Map   Explanatory text (Metadata)  Urban population exposure to air pollution by particulate matter Table, Graph and Map   Explanatory text (Metadata)
Urban population exposure to air pollution by ozone Table, Graph and Map  Explanatory text (Metadata) 
Proportion of population living in households considering that they suffer from noise Table, Graph and Map  Explanatory text (Metadata)
Serious accidents at work Table, Graph and Map  Explanatory text (Metadata)

 

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.

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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.


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Last update 25.10.2014