Strengthening Health Data
Today, approximately half of all deaths in the world go unrecorded; accordingly, health policy decisions are often based on inadequate information. Data for Health, co-funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Australian government, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, partners with low- and middle-income countries to improve public health data and use of data for policymaking.
Data for Health works with governments to strengthen and standardize birth and death records to better inform policy making and improve public health outcomes. Through 2020, more than five million death records have been newly collected or improved, and more than 30,000 health professionals have been trained to better collect or analyze related information.
Data for Health partner countries are exploring new ways of monitoring risk factors for early death. The initiative also supports cancer registries that track diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes at the country level. As part of its newest phase, Data for Health has expanded its partnership to more than 40 countries reaching nearly five billion people; we now have not only multi-year comprehensive partnerships with governments (25 countries) but are now also including support for smaller scale time-bound projects (15 countries so far, with more planned).
Top photo: Bangladesh family registers birth of their child with support from Data for Health initiative.