Health statistics and information systems

Country measurement and evaluation

Country health information systems include a range of population-based and health facility-based data sources. The main population-based sources of health information are census, household surveys and (sample) vital registration systems. The main health facility-related data sources are public health surveillance, health services data (also sometimes referred to as health management information system or routine health information system) and health system monitoring data (e.g. human resources, health infrastructure, financing). Lastly, national health accounts can provide a comprehensive picture of health financing.

  • Monitoring, evaluation and review of national health plans
    Platform aiming to improve availability, quality and use of data needed to monitor health progress and performance and inform country health sector reviews and planning processes.

  • 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.

  • Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health
    The WHO Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health (SAGE) is developing a strategy and instrument to collect household data on persons aged 50 years and older in eight countries.

  • Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA)
    A health facility assessment tool developed to assist countries to assess and monitor service availability and readiness of the heath sector and to generate evidence to support the planning and managing of a health system.

  • Country Health Policy Process (CHPP)
    Country-specific and country-owned portal that provides WHO Member States with a tool to capture their policy dialogue process and its results. CHPP is a key tool in countries’ national health planning processes, by providing a platform for information and discussion. The tool captures the six main phases of a policy dialogue: identification of stakeholders, situation analysis, priority setting, planning, implementation and M&E.

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