Afghanistan: HIS Indicators



MEASURE Evaluation is compiling the country profiles on this site for 30 HIS indicators. As of February 2018, we had located the following indicators for Afghanistan. Indicator definitions can be found 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

Current (2016–2020) 

National Health Policy 2016–2020

2. Health sector M&E plan

Not current (2007–2011)

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

3. HIS policy

Not current (2009–2013)

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

4. HIS strategic plan

Not current (2009–2013)

Afghanistan Comprehensive Health Information System Strategic Plan 2009–2013

5. Country has set of core health indicators

Yes (2014)

Found in 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 progress of the plan.

7. Country has master facility list

Not current (2014)

Download an Excel file with list of facilities by following the link provided 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)

First census was conducted in 1979, and subsequent census conduction failed due to security reasons and war.

10. Availability of national health surveys 

MICS4 (2010–2011)

DHS (2015)

2015 DHS is ongoing. Data and reports can be found in 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 electronic system for aggregating routine facility and/or community service data

Yes, pilot/early phase for DHIS2.



13. Country has national statistics office




14. National health statistics report (annual)

Not 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 website for health statistics with latest data available

Yes, updated and has a recent health report



16. DQA conducted on prioritized indicators aligned with 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 at link.

18. Percentage of facilities represented in HMIS information

(2015) Percentages listed by 9 types of facilities

Document provided by in-country contact.

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

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

Not available


Most target setting occurs at the central level with contribution from some Provincial Health Offices. Presently, facilities and districts are not using data for setting targets.

20. Measles coverage reported to WHO/UNICEF

WHO/UNICEF estimate = 62; Official government estimate = 75

See page 12 of WHO/UNICEF estimates of immunization coverage: 2016 revision.

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

Current (2015) – by province

Document provided by in-country contact.

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

22. Existence of policies, laws, and regulations mandating public and private health facilities/ providers to report indicators determined by the national HIS




23. Availability of standards/guidelines for RHIS data collection, reporting, and analysis

Available (partially)

Data collection and reporting: National Health Management Information System – Procedures Manual (2011)

24.Presence of procedures to verify the quality of data (accuracy, completeness, timeliness) reported




25.RHIS data collection forms allow for disaggregation by gender




26. At least one national health account completed in last 5 years

Available (2014)

Afghanistan National Health Accounts with Disease Accounts 2014

Afghanistan National Health Accounts with Subaccounts for Reproductive Health 2011 – 2012

27. National database with health workers by district and main cadres updated within last 2 years




28. Annual data on availability of tracer medicines and commodities in public and private health facilities




29. e-health strategy

Available (draft)

ICT Policy for Afghanistan: A digital agenda for development and social change 2015 – 2024 (draft)

Can be found on pages 21 - 24 under section 5.2.3 E-Health: ICT in Health.

30. Completeness of disease surveillance reporting

97% of surveillance sentinel sites submitted the weekly epidemiological report (Nov 19 – 25, 2017) 

National Disease and Surveillance & Response: Weekly Epidemiological Report – 47th