World Health Survey
Current Status of the World Health Survey
The first set of country tables providing basic tabulations from each of the different modules of the World Health Survey are now available. National reports based on these table results are currently under preparation by partners in each country where a WHS was implemented. The final cleaned data sets will be available to bonafide researchers in a phased manner following a period of exclusivity to countries.
About the World Health Survey
WHO has developed and implemented a Survey Programme and a World Health Survey to compile comprehensive baseline information on the health of populations and on the outcomes associated with the investment in health systems; baseline evidence on the way health systems are currently functioning; and, ability to monitor inputs, functions, and outcomes.
Objectives of the WHS
- Develop a means of providing low-cost, valid, reliable and comparable information.
- Build the evidence base to monitor whether health systems are achieving the desired goals.
- Provide policy-makers with the evidence they need to adjust their policies, strategies and programmes as necessary.
Interaction with Countries and Health Information Systems (HIS)
The Survey Programme will be developed in individual countries through consultation with policy-makers and in collaboration with the people involved in routine HIS. It will be complementary to their efforts, to ensure periodic data input in a cost-effective way so that important gaps in health information are covered. It will also establish a baseline for efforts to scale-up health activities.