February 1st local time, WHO held a regular press conference on COVID-19.
WHO Director-General Tedros Tedros said that WHO released the first global report on national health data systems and capacities, covering 133 countries and regions, accounting for about 87% of the world’s population.
The report shows that four-tenths of deaths worldwide are unregistered.
This highlights the urgent need to invest in strengthening national health information systems to support the COVID-19 response and move towards achieving universal health coverage and sustainable development goals.
The report points out that only one in ten deaths in the African region has been registered.
Of the countries surveyed, an estimated 60% have a well-developed system to assess the performance of their health sector, only half have the capacity to monitor the quality of care, and only 32% have the ability to develop national digital health strategies based on recommended standards.
The lack of data severely limits national planning and The ability to implement effective health projects.