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A new report reveals how better information leads to better care.
Read the full report: Measuring What Matters: Case Studies on Data Innovations for Strengthening Primary Health Care
The idea that primary health care is the foundation of strong, equitable health systems is not new. In October, health funders, policymakers, and practitioners came together in Astana, Kazakhstan, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration and reaffirm their commitment to primary health care as the most equitable and sustainable strategy to achieve health for all.
Seven case studies demonstrate how data is being used to strengthen primary health care.
Yet all too often, primary health care is the weakest link in a health system. Many countries have identified primary health care as an urgent priority, but don’t have the information they need to drive targeted improvements. Uncoordinated data systems that fail to combine local and national level inputs make it hard to see where primary health care is falling short, and the data that does exist is often of poor quality or difficult for governments and donors to understand and use.
With half of the world’s people lacking access to essential health services, most of which can be delivered through strong primary health care, we have an opportunity and responsibility to act now.
The Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI)—a global effort to ensure that data on primary health care is both accessible and used to drive decisions with the ultimate goal of transforming the global state of primary health care—has published seven case studies from five countries demonstrating how data is being used to strengthen primary health care and accelerate progress towards universal health coverage (UHC). These case studies, included in the 2018 report, Measuring What Matters: Case Studies on Data Innovation for Strengthening Primary Health Care, reveal some of the ways primary health care can be supported and improved through better data collection, analysis, dissemination, and use.
The countries included in this report—Argentina, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tanzania—have successfully launched innovations that strengthen how data is used to improve primary health care. As policymakers and technical experts alike gather on UHC Day 2018 to discuss ways that countries can continue to build on successes towards Health for All, the Measuring What Matters report suggests four key themes to help drive progress towards UHC:
As countries work to strengthen their use of data to achieve UHC, the seven case studies featured in this report show that data innovations help countries not only reach their goals but can sustain and expand improvements. Click here to learn more about how five countries are accelerating improvements in PHC for UHC through the better use of data.
This post was originally published by the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative.
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