The population of Nauru was estimated to be 9976 in 2010, with about 35.6% below 15 years of age and around 1.3% 65 years and above.
As a result of an effective public health programme focusing on water and sanitation, there have been no recent infectious disease outbreaks, but noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer, have become leading causes of morbidity and mortality, and obesity rates are very high. The 2007 STEPS survey reported a diabetes prevalence rate of 16.2% among the 15-64 age group. Diabetes increases in prevalence with age and was found to be 24.1% in the 35-44 age group, 37.4 % among 45-55 year-olds and 45 % in the 55-64 age group.
Country health information profile
- You may find the 2012 and/or latest available data in the Data and Analytics section of the Health Information and Intelligence Platform.
News and press releases
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Member States commit to leave no one behind
WHO vows to support Member States to combat the growing threat of vector-borne diseases in the Region; advocates for healthy environment
Sixty-seventh session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific opens in Manila
Nauru, an island in the Central Pacific Ocean, joined WHO on 9 May 1994. In 1968, the Republic gained its independence from Australia, New Zealand and British-administered UN trusteeship.
It is covered by the WHO Representative Office in the South Pacific.
WHO Country Office
Level 4 Provident Plaza One Downtown Boulevard 33 Ellery Street, Suva
P.O. Box 113, Suva, Fiji
(679) 3304600 & 3234100 (general line)
(679) 3300727 (WR's direct line)
(679) 3306177 (MOH)
(679) 3234166 and 3234177
08.00 - 17.00 (Monday to Friday)
Ministry of Health
Government Offices, Yaren District, Nauru
Telephone number:(674) 444 3805 ext 261/262
- Western Pacific Country Health Information Profiles 2011 revision
Population 2000-2015 by 1 and 5 year age groups, February 2010
- National health accounts: country information. Geneva, World Health Organization.
2010 Pocket Statistical Summary. Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Statistics and Demography Programme (SDP)
|Population (in thousands) ( 2010 )||9.98|
|Population aged 5-14 years (%) ( 2010 )||22.7|
|Life expectancy at birth (years) ( 2008 )||55.4|
|Under-five mortality rate (per 1000 live births) ( 2006 )||30|
|Total health expenditure as % of GDP ( 2009 )||10.85|
|General government health expenditure as % of total government expenditure ( 2009 )||18.5|
|Human development index ( 1998 )||0.66|
|Per capita GDP at current market prices (US$) ( 2007 )||2071|
|Population below national poverty line (%)|| not available
|Literacy rate among adults aged >= 15 years (%) ( 2005 )||95|
|Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) ( 2002 )||300|
|Proportion of the population using improved drinking water source ( 2008 )||90|
|Population using improved sanitation facilities (%) ( 2008 )||50|