Endorsing the Global Health Data Charter
The current list of organizations that endorsed the Global Health Data Charter can be found here. Should your organization be interested in endorsing this Charter and adding its name to the 'Global Health Data Charter Endorsement' document, kindly contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background to the Issue
Finding accurate data can be a serious problem in developing countries and this limits the ability of policy makers to plan and provide appropriate levels of healthcare services.
The main problem with data is that it is often incomplete and unreliable. The efficiency of health systems relies on the quality and accessibility of the data collected or received so incomplete data means policymakers are misinformed, healthcare professionals find they lack the right resources to address pressing healthcare issues and patients suffer.
Availability of information is a prerequisite to health systems improvement which would allow countries to set priorities, allocate resources, assess effectiveness and performance, and promote accountability. Recognised as a cornerstone to any health reform in the developed world, availability of information also plays a key role in helping emerging countries prioritise interventions. The Forum is conducting a series of dialogues with experts and partners to evaluate how to articulate a ‘Global Charter on Health Data’.
The objectives of this dialogue are to document history and current status of national and international initiatives, facilitate a dialogue to develop and agree on the broad principles of a global charter and to obtain support and engagement of key stakeholders to turn these principles into significant actions and initiatives.