Global Deaths by Age

In 2014, there were approximately 55 million deaths globally.

Our World in Data provides an estimated breakdown of these by age group: link here.

Global Deaths

Not surprisingly, most deaths occur in the 70+ age group, and least in 5-14.

Under-5   5,920,000
5-14      775,068
15-49     7,730,000
50-69     14,500,000
70+       25,890,000

Official data sources do not count the number of fetuses aborted before the age of viability, in the numbers of deaths. A fetus is not a legal person, and so it makes sense from a legal perspective to not include these.

However, from a public health perspective, we do count and analyse the numbers of abortions.  It is of some interest to note that in 2014 there were approximately 56 million abortions globally; source Guttmacher Institute here.

This is the same graph when adding abortions into the above data.

Global Deaths plus abortions


About Kevin Duffy

Interim Management and Consulting - Healthcare Development. Kevin has thirteen years senior management experience in the development and delivery of healthcare services in Africa and South Asia.
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