US Secretary of State flags need for country health information
16 August 2010
In her speech on US Global Health Initiative, Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, mentions US support to help set up country health information systems "so health workers can collect and analyze more data-from the number of births and deaths to more complex information,…." She says, "Countries need a sustainable system for capturing and understanding data, to continuously monitor and improve their own performance." In answering questions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, she notes the importance of measuring progress towards the MDGs and an exciting new initiative to maximize the use of technology in collecting and disseminating information. The United States government provides valuable support to Health Metrics Network, assisting with leadership and through grants.