Health statistics and information systems
The goal of WHO's work in health statistics is to improve country, regional and global health information. This information is vital for public health decision making, health sector reviews, planning and resource allocation and programme monitoring and evaluation. WHO contributes to improved health information through its activities in the three following areas: the Global Health Observatory, the common gateway to the wealth of WHO data and statistics, analysis and reports on key health themes; standards, tools and methods for data collection, compilation, analysis, and dissemination and country measurement and evaluation, collaborating with countries on data collection, analysis and approaches to address priority data gaps and strengthen country health information systems.
Universal health coverage (UHC) is a priority goal for many countries and has also emerged as a possible goal in the post-2015 development agenda.
Monitoring progress towards UHC is critical globally and especially in countries, including intervention coverage, financial risk protection, both with an equity dimension.
The Global Health Observatory is a single point of entry to WHO's data and analyses on health priorities, providing comparative health data and analysis on the health situation, trends and determinants to inform global and country decision making.
Users can download data sets in various formats, display data for selected indicators, health topics, countries and regions, and download the customized tables in Excel format.
The Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health delivered its report with ten recommendations in September 2011. The multi-stakeholder workplan to implement the Commission's recommendations focuses on: (1) strengthening of country mechanisms and practices for better accountability for health with special attention for women and children in the 75 countries referred to in the Commission's report, and (2) the improvement of global accountability mechanisms and practices.
19 December 2014
The Simple Mortality List (ICD-10-SMoL): WHO application of ICD-10 for initial low resources cause of death collection
16 December 2014
Global Reference List of 100 Core Health Indicators. Working version 5, November 2014. Available in English and French.
26 November 2014
Report of technical meeting on improving mortality statistics through CRVS, Geneva, 4-5 November 2014
Strategies for country and partner support