Global Health
Information Forum

Date: 27-30 January 2010

Venue : Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World



In 2010 a 'Call to Action' on Health Information System (HIS) will be launched to fully support and recognize that HIS strengthening is critical to improving global health. To ensure effective coordination, the Health Metrics Network, the Prince Mahidol Award Conference, with support of the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation and other partners, will hold the Global Health Information Forum dedicated to bringing stakeholders together and providing a platform for a renewed energy and commitment to investing in and building the capacities of health information systems.



Accurate information provides a foundation for sound decisionmaking. Where public health is concerned, the difference between good decisions and poor decisions can mean the difference between life and death. The lack of reliable information on the causes of sickness and death is a major obstacle for any attempt to improve the health of people in developing countries. Health information is essential to track the health needs of populations, to guide the design and implementation of health programmes, and to assess what works and whatdoes not.

To set up and maintain a successful health-information system is a considerable task, requiring a network of partners, working towards a common goal. Several partners including the Health Metrics Network, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Prince Mahidol Award Conference will hold the first Global Conference on Health Information Systems. This conference is in line with the commitment by the G8 meeting in July 2008 on Health Systems Strengthening which focuses on Health Information Systems, Human Resources for Health and Health Care Financing. This commitment had produced a strong impetus to the movement to further strengthen HIS.



Four core objectives are proposed:

  1. Firmly position HIS as a strategic driver of health systems strengthening and performance management of broader development outcomes.
    • Highlight the benefi ts of strong HIS and their potential role in transforming the effectiveness of health systems and the performance of multisectoral development outcomes.
    • Raise awareness of past neglect of this area of health and the consequences, especially in developing countries (e.g. Reporting burden on countries, national variances in attitudes towards HIS, lack of technical consistency, lack of ways toshare best practices, impact on allocation of results-based global health funds).
    • Highlight the importance of HIS to manage performance, monitor and evaluate progress towards the MDGs (reference to MDG reporting in 2010), and monitor the effectiveness of donor health funding.
  2. Broaden and unite the constituency of potential allies behind a shared vision and action plan for HIS strengthening.
    • Broaden the diversity and interaction of groups engaged in HIS: health, finance, information technology, civil society, and others.
    • Raise visibility of the cause and the breadth of engagement to a higher level.
    • Inspire broad social movement necessary to achieve progress in HIS.
    • Identify ways for different partners to work together and contribute their unique strengths towards a common goal.
    • Promote key HMN values: partnership, country leadership, transparency, coherence, sustainability, empowering.
  3. Showcase HIS progress and capacity-building in developing countries.
    • Outline critical elements for success: political leadership and champions; technological leadership and innovation; expert consensus around the approach; management that effectively uses the information; suffi cient fi nancial resources.
    • Highlight the HMN Framework and strategy, and the catalytic role of HMN in improving HIS.
    • Highlight key investments and results to date.
    • Highlight the major challenges, gaps and common ground for future progress.
    • Announce awards for major HIS successes and champions.
  4. Secure high-level commitment to drive future action.
    • Highlight relevant commitments and endorsements to date(e.g. WHA endorsement of the HMN Framework in 2007).
    • Create a shared understanding of the potential of HIS.
    • Public declaration of support for HIS through a 'Call to Action'.



Download: Opening Session VDO 2010


2013-dot Ensure HIS has prominent place on health and development agendas.
2013-dot Capacity of the HMN Network goes to scale.
2013-dot Recognition for HMN's enabling role, and progress to date in individual countries.
2013-dot Broad understanding among stakeholders of the potential of HIS to improve the effectiveness of public health expenditure and actions.
2013-dot High-level 'Call to Action' of commitment to HIS and proposed path forward.
2013-dot Outcome document reporting accomplishments of the Forum, follow-up actions, and a Marketplace publication of emerging good practice in HIS.
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