The World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank Group, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and various other entities recently met at the World Bank Group to refocus the best methods of measuring how health programs impact countries.
The high-level summit was dedicated to Measurement and Accountability for Results in Health. The purpose was to examine and further advance the world’s common agenda to measure the impact of health programs. This is an important step as the health and medical industry steps forward into the post-2015 development era.
"Accurate and timely health data are the foundation to improving public health,” Margaret Chan, director-general of WHO, said. “Without reliable information to set priorities and measure results, countries and their development partners are working in the dark. Investing in measurement is an investment in health, and countries that build and strengthen local capacity are better positioned to achieve greater long-term success and better health outcomes.
Attendees at the summit agreed to endorse The Roadmap for Health Measurement and Accountability and a 5-Point Call to Action, which outline a shared strategic approach and priority actions that can be used to put effective health monitoring plans in place to strengthen health information systems.
“If we are going to ensure that people everywhere have access to quality health care, and that no one is impoverished paying for the health care they need, we need to invest in high-quality, timely, and accurate data and statistics so that countries can measure and monitor their progress,” Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, said. “Today’s investments in country health information systems will lead to a better tomorrow for billions of people.”