The Challenges of Creating a Global Health Resource Tracking System

The Challenges of Creating a Global Health Resource Tracking System

Elisa Eiseman
Donna Fossum
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition: 1
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 140
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    The Challenges of Creating a Global Health Resource Tracking System
    Book Description:

    The RAND Corporation conducted interviews, consulted with experts, and carried out detailed analyses of existing tracking systems that focus on health resources flowing to and within developing countries, the objective being to determine how to provide a truly global health resource tracking system that will provide comprehensive, accurate, up-to-date data for policymakers and other users and will address the current systems' limitations.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-4072-5
    Subjects: Health Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  4. Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Summary
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  6. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  7. Abbreviations
    (pp. xvii-xx)
  8. Glossary of Terms
    (pp. xxi-xxiv)
  9. CHAPTER ONE The Data Challenge
    (pp. 1-8)

    A growing body of work has documented the dimensions of a global health crisis. AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria kill more than six million people each year, and the numbers are rising.¹ Millions more die every year from preventable illnesses caused by lack of access to immunizations, poor access to clean water, inadequate sanitation, and malnutrition. The gaps in mortality between rich and poor populations are widening, most notably in Africa, where 35 percent of children are at higher risk of dying today than they were a decade ago and adult mortality has risen since the 1990s because of HIV/AIDS (World...

  10. CHAPTER TWO Current Collections of Health Resource Data
    (pp. 9-38)

    As noted in Chapter One, many entities around the world are assisting developing countries with their enormous health care needs. Some of these entities, as part of their assistance effort, are also collecting or assembling information that touches on some aspect of the health needs of and health resources available to developing countries. Concomitantly, several of them are helping developing countries set up and maintain a system of national health accounts in order to produce a more accurate picture of the country’s specific health needs and the resources required to address them. Because each of these efforts focuses on a...

  11. CHAPTER THREE A Global Health Resource Tracking System
    (pp. 39-46)

    A single health resource tracking system, if designed, configured, and populated properly, should be able to accommodate the data needs of all users worldwide—be they donors of health resources, recipients of health resources, or some other interested party. Such a data system would begin by identifying all health resources the moment they entered any one of the “streams” composing the worldwide flow of such resources, and would then follow them through all of their “handlers” and “transformations” to the point at which they were finally “provided.” Specifically, a truly global health resource tracking system would be able to annually...

  12. CHAPTER FOUR Conclusions
    (pp. 47-50)

    Governments, international organizations, for-profit corporations, and nonprofit organizations throughout the world regularly provide both cash and in-kind health resources to help address the health needs of developing countries. Currently, these health resources are not tracked on a global level and no information source exists to provide an overall picture of who is giving what resources to whom and for what purpose. As a result, policymakers in developing and developed countries alike have no ongoing access to comprehensive, accurate, timely data on the resources being devoted to health in developing countries. And without these data, none of the parties trying to...

  13. APPENDIX A Participants in Technical Consultation on Health Resource Tracking Held by the Center for Global Development and RAND, May 10–11, 2004
    (pp. 51-52)
  14. APPENDIX B Inventory of Health Resource Data Collections
    (pp. 53-68)
  15. APPENDIX C Inventory of Health Resource Data Collections—Detailed Descriptions
    (pp. 69-108)
  16. APPENDIX D List of Interviewees
    (pp. 109-110)
  17. APPENDIX E Interview Questions About Health Resource Tracking
    (pp. 111-112)
  18. References
    (pp. 113-115)