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Health Information and Analysis

From the production of primary data to the elaboration of complete health situation analysis, the generation of strategic health information is a basic principle of public health, on which to base the identification of needs, inequalities and priorities in health, and the monitoring of actions and policies to address them.

The Health Information and Analysis Unit (HA) coordinates PAHO’s efforts to collect, process, manage, analyze, and disseminate health data and statistics from PAHO’s Member States and technical areas. It contributes to the strengthening of health information in the Region through technical cooperation in the following areas:

PAHO Health Information Platform (PHIP)

The Pan American Health Organization Public Health Information Platform (PAHO-PHIP): an organization-wide data warehouse and health intelligence platform to support health analysis and decision-making.

PAHO-PHIP was presented at the Global Health Metrics and Evaluation (GHME) Conference 2011: "Controversies, Innovation, Accountability", Seatle, Washington.

PAHO-PHIP is an innovative solution for integrating health data across the Organization, facilitating health analysis and generation of relevant results and the evidence needed for steering the technical cooperation, support decision-making, monitoring progress of key health indicators, assess the health situation and trend and predict public health issues.

PHIP is and example of the potential of internet-based technologies for sharing public health data and information, and fast generation and dissemination of empirical evidence for decision-making in public health. 


General Mortality by Subregions

Improvement of the mortality rate of the population of The Americas since 1985 is evidenced in this data visualization. As a result of public health policies and actions, risks to die have consistently decreased in young populations.

General mortality rate in 1-4 years old age group has decreased from 1985 to 2006 47% in Andean, 64% in Central America, 84% in Latin Caribbean, 49% in Non-Latin Caribbean, 51% in Mexico and Brazil, and 42% in North America and 35% in South Cone sub regions. However some inequalities persist among sub regions of The Americas. Explore by yourself this evidence.

PAHO Regional Health Observatory was launched

The PAHO Regional Health Observatory (RHO) was launched on September 27 during the 50th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization.

The Regional Health Observatory (RHO) is a PAHO institutional resource to facilitate access to data, information, analyses, and empiric evidence for monitoring and evaluating the regional health sistuation. It provides data, statistics, information products and analytical results by priority health themes, including technical briefings and recommendations to support decision making in public health.

As part of this launching, HSD/HA has released the most updated data from the Regional Mortality database and the PAHO Core Health Indicator Information System. The new Open Portal of the RHO is also using innovative methods to disseminate data and communicate health information in a more effective way.

:: More info at the PAHO Regional Health Observatory.

The Challenge of Epidemiology Issues and Selected Readings

 Epidemiologists, health planners, and administrators from countries throughout the Americas Region, among others, met at a seminar in Buenos Aires, Argentina in November 1983, to discuss and analyze the role of epidemiology in the developing countries of the Western Hemisphere. After formulating and analyzing ideas and initiatives on the use and future prospects of epidemiology in Latin America, the participants made important recommendations for adjusting epidemiology's practice to current needs.


PAHO/WHO supports CDC-led effort to eliminate malaria on Hispaniola by 2020

 The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has joined a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that seeks to eliminate indigenous cases of malaria on the island of Hispaniola by 2020. 


:: Mandates and Strategies: CHA

Chronic Diseases

Health Information and Analysis

:: CHA Video List


Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Department

Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization
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Tel.: +1 (202) 974-3000 Fax: +1 (202) 974-3663

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