Country Health Information Systems
A review of the Current Situation and Trends
Nonserial Publication
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241564236 ISBN-10    9241564237
Order Number    11500816 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    20.00 / US$    24.00 Developing countries:    CHF    14.00
English     2011        100   pages
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Country health information systems provides an overview of the status of health information systems (HIS) in low- and middle-income countries. It uses various components of the Health Metrics Network/WHO HIS Framework to describe the general status of HIS, data sources, monitoring of the health system as well as disease-specifi c practices.

The review shows that while there has been progress in several HIS areas there are also major persistent gaps. In particular, the imbalance between increasing demands for reporting against specific indicators and the actual efforts to strengthen country health information systems and their core data sources, remains a major challenge in many countries.

The findings underscore recommendations made by the heads of eight global health agencies (the H8) and the Global Health Information Forum (GHIF) in 2010: Countries must urgently develop comprehensive health information systems supported by a sound policy, legal and institutional environment.