Health systems

Health information and resources

Measuring progress towards universal health coverage will require strong country health information systems that can provide good-quality data. Thus it is important to gather empirical data and estimates related to health, such as mortality, morbidity, risk factors, health service coverage, and health systems.

WHO works with countries to improve the tools and standards for the collection, analysis and use of health data as part of the strengthening of country health information systems. Internationally, WHO programmes compile and disseminate a broad range of health statistics that are used to monitor and evaluate health programmes and improve technical assistance offered to countries worldwide.

Health systems

A well-functioning health system
working in harmony is built on having
trained and motivated health
workers, a well-maintained infrastructure,
and a reliable supply of medicines
and technologies, backed by adequate
funding, strong health plans and
evidence-based policies.


Dr Marie-Paule Kieny
Assistant Director-General
Health Systems and Innovation (HIS)
World Health Organization