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ICD serves as the international standard for diagnostic classification for all general epidemiological, many health management purposes and clinical use. The ICD's resources include the analysis of different population groups' general health situations, monitoring of the incidence and prevalence of diseases in relation to the characteristics of the individuals affected, reimbursement, resource allocation, quality, and guidelines. The records provide the basis for the compilation of national mortality and morbidity statistics, and enable the storage and retrieval of diagnostic information for clinical epidemiological and quality purposes.
The GHO data repository provides access to over 50 datasets on priority health topics including mortality and burden of diseases, the Millennium Development Goals (child nutrition, child health, maternal and reproductive health, immunization, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected diseases, water and sanitation), non communicable diseases and risk factors, epidemic-prone diseases, health systems, environmental health, violence and injuries, equity among others. In addition, the GHO provides on-line access to WHO's annual summary of health-related data for its Member states: the World Health Statistics.