World Health Survey
Current Status of the World Health Survey
Basic tabulations from each of the different modules of the World Health Survey are available.
About the World Health Survey
WHO developed and implemented the World Health Survey to compile comprehensive baseline information on the health of populations, and baseline evidence on the way health systems are currently functioning.
Objectives of the WHS
- Develop a means of providing low-cost, valid, reliable and comparable information.
- Build the evidence base to monitor whether health systems are achieving the desired goals.
- Provide policy-makers with the evidence they need to adjust their policies, strategies and programmes as necessary.
Interaction with Countries and Health Information Systems (HIS)
The WHS was developed in individual countries through consultation with policy-makers and in collaboration with the people involved in routine HIS. It was intended to be complementary to their efforts, to ensure periodic data input in a cost-effective way so that important gaps in health information are covered. It will also establish a baseline for efforts to scale-up health activities.