What systems are essential to achieving the sustainable development goals and what will it take to marshal them?
Author(s): Thomas J, Silvestre E, Salentine S, Reynolds H, Smith J
The sustainable development goal (SDG) for health is linked to 67 indicators, eight times more than its predecessor, the Millenium Development Goals. In many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), the information infrastructure is not yet able to collect and use the data needed for the indicators. As they seek to be responsive to the SDG agenda, LMICs must not lose sight of their local data needs; they should be cautious about embracing untested electronic technologies for data collection, analysis, and use; carefully balance the care provision and data collection responsibilities of care providers; and use evidence of what works in strengthening their health information systems (HIS). While attending to these concerns, countries can look for instances in which SDG indicators are in sync with their own HIS goals.
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