Afghanistan: HIS Indicators


MEASURE Evaluation is compiling the country profiles on this site for 21 health information system (HIS) indicators. As of January 2017, we had located the following indicators for Afghanistan. Indicator definitions are here:

Please check back in this Resource Center as we continue to expand the indicators of HIS strengthening, or click here to provide comments and suggestions.  





1. National health strategy



In-country contact

National Health Policy 2015–2020

2. Health sector M&E plan

Not current


“Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health Strategic Plan for Monitoring and Evaluation 1386–1390

3. HIS policy

Not current


The HIS policy is included in the “Afghanistan Comprehensive Health Information System Strategic Plan 2009–2013.”

4. HIS strategic plan

Not current


Afghanistan Comprehensive Health Information System Strategic Plan 2009–2013

5. Country has a set of core health indicators

Yes (2014)

Indicators were found in the expired M&E plan (2011), but a fact sheet on the MOH site has a list of indicators updated in 2014.

6. National HIS coordinating body

Established and active

In-country contact

The HIS coordinating body is established and active. The committee has been less active post HIS plan formulation; however, they do meet to review the progress of the plan.


7. Country has a master facility list

Current (2014)

An Excel file of facilities can be downloaded by following the link and selecting “List of Active Health Facilities November 2014.”

8. Conducted HMN assessment

Completed (2007)

All HMN documents and tools can be downloaded using this link.

9. Population census within the last 10 years

No (1979)

The first census was conducted in 1979, and a subsequent census attempt failed due to security reasons and war.

10. Availability of national health surveys 

MICS4 (2010–2011)

 DHS (2015) is ongoing

Data and reports can be found by following the links provided.

11. Completeness of vital registration (births and deaths)

Incomplete—live births and deaths are less than 50%.

In-country contact


12. Country has an  electronic system for aggregating routine facility and/or community service data

Yes, pilot/early phase for DHIS2



13. Country has a national statistics office




14. National health statistics report (annual)

Current (2015)

Document provided by in-country contact

HMIS report titled “Health Management Information System Report Q3–1394” reports on multiple health indicators of interest.

15. Country has a website for health statistics with the latest data available

Yes, updated and has a recent health report



16. DQA conducted on prioritized indicators aligned with the most recent health sector strategy

Not available

In-country contact

Various donor projects and NGO contractors carry out DQA occasionally.

17. PRISM assessment conducted in any regions/districts

Not conducted


Country not listed

18. Percentage of facilities represented in HMIS information

(2015) Percentages listed by 9 types of facilities

Document provided by in-country contact

Percentages are listed on page 4 of “Health Management Information System Report Q3–1394.”

19. Proportion of (facility, district, national) offices using data for setting targets and monitoring

Not available

In-country contact

Most target setting occurs at the central level, with contributions from some provincial health offices. Presently, facilities and districts are not using data to set targets.

20. Measles coverage reported to WHO/UNICEF

WHO/UNICEF estimate = 68%; Official government estimate = 90%

See page 10.

21. Number of institutional deliveries available by district and published within 12 months of the preceding year

Current (2015)—by province

Document provided by in-country contact

Institutional deliveries by district are unavailable, but deliveries by province are available on page 16 of “Health Management Information System Report Q3–1394.” HMIS report is from 2015—institutional deliveries information is current.