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WHO welcomes new health metrics and evaluation institute

5 June 2007

The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the establishment of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle, US, with a funding grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"Strengthening global, regional and country work on information and evidence is one of our priorities," said the WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan. "I hope the newly announced Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation will become an important partner in meeting these goals."

The new Institute will be supported by a grant of $105 million from the Gates Foundation, and $20 million from the University of Washington. Its stated goal is to "help guide international policymaking by providing high-quality data and analysis on health needs and outcomes, and assessing the performance of health programs."

This is fully in line with the outcome of the recently concluded 60th World Health Assembly. WHO Member States agreed to strengthen health information systems and enhance WHO's work on health statistics in general. To do this, WHO needs to reinforce its health information and evidence work in countries in close collaboration with partners including through the Health Metrics Network, focusing on capacity building and improved availability, quality, access and use of health statistics.

For more information please contact:

Iain Simpson
Communications Department
WHO, Geneva
Tel.: +41 22 791 3215
Mobile: +41 79 475 5534