Health systems database is a computerized source of health statistics that
allows comparison of key health system indicators overtime and across
countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). It contains statistical
data for over 130 health system indicators and time series data from 1990-2005
for 22 countries of the region. In addition, selected desegregated data is
available by gender and by rural and urban residence.
database has been developed in collaboration with EST unit to meet the needs of
policy makers and analysts for sound and reliable information about health
systems of the countries in the region. It provides quick access to specialized
information about various components and functions of health systems for
individual countries or selected groups of countries of the EMR.
are two different options to access the database. First, the Quick reference
is a simple and common way of generating tables and charts.
With this query system, users can construct tables and charts for any
combination of countries, indicators, population subgroups and years.In
addition, it allows grouping of data by year and by country as well as an
option to print the displayed data. Second, the Query manager is more
advanced and flexible. Using pivot tables and the OLAP technology, it offers
several functions and choices to access, analyze, display, export and save the
data. It also provides GIS functionality where users can generate thematic maps
to display both historical and comparative data.
database combines data from country sources with WHO estimates to provide
information dating back as far as 1990. Because the year of estimation has been
used (instead of year of reporting) the amount of information available for
each country may vary. In addition, several new indicators have been added for
which currently no information is available, however we are in the process of
collecting the missing information to fill in the gaps. Since EMR Health system
observatory is an ongoing initiative, the database along with other materials
will be expanded and regularly updated to provide most complete, reliable and
up to date information.
major categories of data available in the database include:
Health status indicators
Health care financing and expenditure
Human and material resources
Primary health care coverage
Health information systems
Temporal: Selected years, 1990 to present
Spatial: 22 countries in EMR.
Selected data by urban/rural residence, and by gender
of the data:
health system database relies basically on two sources of information:
Demographic and Health Indicators of Countries of the EMR, produced annually by
Health System Indicators in the World Health Reports
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