Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development

Development and use of core public health indicators for decision making in the public health sector.

The PAHO's experience.

Carlos Castillo-Salgado, MD, JD, MPH, Dr. PH

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) developed in 1995 a regional initiative to develop a set of core public health indicators as a response for monitoring major health initiatives and mandates in the Americas. This initiative promotes the use of a selected set of highly standardized and validated health information. A total of 118 of consensus-reached indicators from the following domains are used: demographic, social, economic, mortality and morbidity, human resources, access, and coverage of health services have been included in the database, the majority disaggregated by age and sex. This set of indicators assists policy makers in the characterization of the health situation of 48 countries and it is used for monitoring the situation of priority health problems.

  • The Global Alliance for Enhancing Access to and Application of Scientific Data in Developing Countries, of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, UN G@ID
  • U.S. National Committee for CODATA
  • Brazilian National Committee for CODATA.
  • CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in Developing Countries