Progress

To date, 20 countries have partnered with Data for Health, reaching more than 1 billion people in:

Bangladesh

Brazil China (focus in Shanghai) Colombia

Ecuador

Ghana

India (focus in Mumbai)

Indonesia

Malawi

Morocco

Myanmar

Peru

Philippines

Papua New Guinea

Rwanda

Solomon Islands

Sri Lanka Tanzania Turkey

Zambia

IN THE NEXT PHASE DATA FOR HEALTH WILL EXPAND ITS PARTNERSHIP FROM 20 TO 25 COUNTRIES WITH A TARGET TO REACH 1.5 BILLION PEOPLE.

Ten of 12 countries not using the international death certificate at the outset of Data for Health have changed their death certificate to align with international standards including Bangladesh, Ghana, Malawi, Morocco, Peru, Rwanda,  Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and Zambia

Data on out-of-hospital deaths, which in some countries represents most deaths, is being collected by the government for the first time in 12 countries. Governments are reallocating existing resources, including staffing, to immediately find sustainable ways to use existing staff to collect routine death data in Myanmar (using midwives), Rwanda (using home-based care practitioners), and Tanzania (using community health workers).

In Morocco and Zambia, pilot projects to conduct national mobile phone surveys that collect noncommunicable disease risk factor data were completed. This is the first time that a national-scale mobile phone survey of this kind has been conducted, and the results are being compared to WHO’s STEPwise survey in the same countries to evaluate accuracy and representativeness of this innovation. Philippines conducted the first ever stand-alone mobile phone survey.

 

PARTNERS:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: To provide technical assistance on recording causes of death, create cellphone risk factor surveys, and support public health practitioners in government to improve use health data for effective policymaking.
  • Global Health Advocacy Incubator: To conduct legal and regulatory review, which supports country in putting in place best practice CRVS laws.
  • Johns Hopkins University: To develop best practice protocol on the development of cellphone risk factor surveys and evaluate their impacts
  • University of Melbourne: To support birth & death systems experts to work with governments.
  • Vital Strategies: To help hire government-embedded staff, provide programmatic support to birth and death systems, and provide technical assistance to integrate health data into policy decision-making.
  • World Health Organization: To conduct gold standard STEPwise household survey and produce a technical package on best practices in strengthening health data systems.
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: Partnership and collaboration to extend the reach of Data for Health to non-focus countries in Asia and the Pacific through its existing network. Data for Health is also a member of the Asia-Pacific Regional Steering Group on CRVS, an advisory body guiding the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on CRVS and broader CRVS improvement activities throughout the Asia and the Pacific CRVS Decade from 2015 to 2024.
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa: Collaborate to extend the reach of Data for Health to non-focus countries in Africa through their existing network. Data for Health is a member of the African regional CRVS Core Group, an advisory body that provides technical and financial support to the Africa Programme for Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS) and the implementation of regional CRVS improvement activities during the African Decade for CRVS from 2017-2026.