Health systems

Health statistics and health information systems

Health information systems are critical for reaching universal health coverage. Information is vital for public health decision making, health sector reviews, planning and resource allocation and programme monitoring and evaluation.

The goal of WHO's work in health statistics is to improve country, regional and global health information through: 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.