|Strengthening Health Information Systems - PEVS|
The Regional Plan of Action emphasizes the need for PAHO to provide technical cooperation to the countries to improve the quality and coverage of vital and health statistics; promote horizontal cooperation; establish a mechanism for collaboration between areas of the Organization; and coordinate activities with other international agencies and actors working to strengthen the health information systems of the countries of the Region.
In order to facilitate harmonization and coordination in the development of health information systems, the Secretariat adopted the goal, objectives, and principles of the Health Metrics Network (HMN), a world partnership focused on health systems that promote global standards for developing and improving the performance of information systems.
The conceptual and operational framework of the PEVS of the countries was discussed and consolidated at meetings with other technical areas of PAHO and WHO, as well as with international organizations, and includes three dimensions:
(a) evaluation of the information production process, which recognizes the existence of different stages in data production and the potential presence of different factors (context, technology, procedures, human resources, etc.) that can impact the quality of the data;
(b) the identification of problems and needs to identify the priority areas that should be addressed to improve the coverage, quality, and timeliness of the data; and
(c) the definition of intervention levels to guide the application of appropriate solutions and good practices in areas identified as problematic (geographical, specific population groups, thematic, and sectoral).
The PEVS is aligned with the Strategic Plan for the PASB 2008–2012 through Strategic Objective 11 “to strengthen leadership, governance and the evidence base of health systems,” stating that “ Paramount to the achievement of this objective is the improvement of national health systems and the production of quality data, information and knowledge for planning and decision-making.
The Regional Plan of Action includes four levels of intervention (hereafter referred to as “components”): country; inter country or groups of countries; corporate; and global.
a) The country component addresses the problems identified in each country and involves specific actions and solutions defined in a strategic plan designed through the broadest possible consensus among the principal actors from civil society and the State (users and producers of statistical information).
b) The inter country or groups of countries component includes activities shared by a group or groups of countries, subregions, and the Region itself, with common problems (coverage, quality, timeliness) and common solutions (regional courses, use of standard computer software, dissemination of good practices, technology transfer, etc.).
c) The corporate component focuses on the delivery of PAHO technical cooperation through the standardization of methodologies and complementary joint activities that can help strengthen the statistics used in the Organization’s work.
d) The global component considers, on the one hand, the common needs of the agencies in terms of the validity and reliability of the statistics, and on the other, the harmonization of technical cooperation projects and programs and financing in matters directly or indirectly related to the strengthening of vital and health statistics.
The Regional Plan of Action has the following objectives:
a. Help the countries develop and implement a process for monitoring and evaluating the quality, coverage, and timeliness of vital and health statistics.
b. Identify and disseminate good practices and lessons learned to improve vital and health statistics in the countries.
c. Develop standards, methodologies, and tools to strengthen vital and health statistics.
d. Harmonize technical cooperation projects, programs, and financing with other agencies to strengthen vital and health statistics.
e. Mobilize resources to support and sustain activities that strengthen vital and health statistics.
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization