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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Marcos Espinal, said that preventing local transmission of Ebola is the main goal in preparing for the eventual arrival of cases of the disease in Latin America and the Caribbean.