Data Resource Profile: WHO Health Equity Monitor (HEM)

by Ahmad Reza Hosseinpoor, Nicole Bergen, Anne Schlotheuber et al.
Int. J. Epidemiol. (2016) 45 (5): 1404-1405e – First published online: September 30, 2016

7 pp. 240 kB

The Health Equity Monitor (HEM) is one component theme of the Global Health Observatory, the main statistics repository of the World Health Organization (WHO). HEM was created as a resource to promote and enable global and national health inequality monitoring, particularly within low- and middle-income countries, where data availability may be limiting. HEM contains high-quality, disaggregated health data that are comparable across countries and over time. Currently, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) is the featured topic of HEM. Technical information about the data, including detailed indicator definitions, are accessible from the data repository or through the theme page. Regular updates to the HEM data repository and theme page are done approximately once per year to expand the database with newly available data and update the associated texts and visuals.

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