Updated Jan 16, 2018

Better data for health partnership

Part of Danida

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Our approach involves working on three tracks: data on births and deaths:providing expertise to governments to improve birth and death data data on risks:rolling out innovative, mobile phone surveys on health risk factors (tobacco, nutrition, etc.) data use:improving use of data by policymakers and health agencies We will reach 1 billion people across 20 countries and cities with better data and equip government’s with the tools to put that data to good use The Problem Worldwide more than 65 per cent of deaths (about 40 million) each year do not have a death certificate and do not have a documented cause of death. Although global and country-level estimates of causes of death and risk factors for death exist, these are often ‘guestimates’ of variable quality. So many governments are ‘flying blind’ on where to target their public health resources. Further, 40 million children are born every year without a birth certificate. This has profound consequences for their lives. The Solution InnovationXchange and Bloomberg Philanthropies are working together to make better health information available to governments to allow them to run their health systems effectively. A ‘data for health’ initiative will help countries: Improve birth and death certificate systems Conduct efficient public health surveys to monitor major risk factors for early death (such as smoking, obesity, etc) Support governments to strategically use public health data to inform policy priorities Mobile phone surveys could reduce survey time by more than 50 per cent. Implementation of in-person household surveys takes about 2 years from conception to data release, on average. In part, this is because household collection of surveys is time consuming. Introducing mobile phone data collection eliminates the need for field time, potentially reducing survey time from 2 years to less than 6 months. Countries involved 20 pilot countries have been invited to join the initiative. Several of Australia’s important partner countries have accepted the offer and are now participating, such as: Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Solomon Islands. Papua New Guinea are also considering partnering too. Expected Impact 250 million people with high-quality birth and death certificate system 750 million people living in countries with substantially improved cause of death information 2 million deaths a year with a documented cause of death for the first time ever 650 million people living in a country with a rapid, efficient survey to collect health risk factor data Total Budget: US$100 million over 4 years starting in 2015. The innovationXchange and DFAT’s global health team are making an initial $20m contribution over the first two years.

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One of the biggest contributors to preventable deaths isn't a health problem but a record-keeping problem - and it is one that can be solved.Our goal is to significantly improve peoples’ health outcomes by improving the health information on which government decisions are made


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