May 17, 2022

World Health Organization (WHO) is Developing a New Global Health Facilities Database

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The World Health Organization’s new Global Health Facilities Database will be a key resource to help countries provide access to healthcare services for all populations.


As a standardized and open access repository of health facility information, the database will provide critical insights to deliver primary health care, especially during emergencies. It will also leverage the power of geospatial data to map health facilities in relation to communities and help bridge long-standing inequalities in access and use.


The database will include a digitized master list of health facilities with name, location and type coded by a unique identifier. At the start, it will host data for 46 countries representing 40% of the world’s population with the aim of including all 194 WHO Member States by 2027.

It will be regularly updated and maintained by WHO in line with best practices on data governance, data sharing and WHO’s data principles in agreement with participating countries.

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