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Health Equity and Financial Protection Datasheets - The Health Equity and Financial Protection datasheets provide a picture of equity and financial protection in the health sectors of low- and middle-income countries. Topics covered include: inequalities in health outcomes, health behavior and health care utilization; benefit incidence analysis; financial protection; and the progressivity of health care financing. Data are drawn from the Demographic and Health Surveys, World Health Surveys, Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, Living Standards and Measurement Surveys, as well as other household surveys, and use a common set of health indicators for all countries in the series. All analyses are conducted using the health modules of the ADePT software.

HNPStats data on health inequalities - This site presents basic health inequalities in 56 low- and middle-income countries. The data are drawn from 95 household surveys undertaken in these countries by the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) project between 1990 and 2005. Downloadable country reports (pdf) are also available.

Country reports on poverty and health 

MEASURE DHS STATcompiler - This interactive database allows the user to download key population and health statistics published in DHS final reports and disaggregate them by socioeconomic status, using the DHS asset index

World Development Indicators 2009 - The World Development Indicators (WDI) publication is the World Bank's premier annual compilation of data about development. Among the over 900 indicators included in the 2009 report is an analysis of “health gaps”. The major health status indicators (such as malnutrition, infant mortality, and under-five mortality) and health care indicators (such as immunization, prenatal care contraceptive prevalence and presence of a skilled birth attendant) by socioeconomic status, using the DHS asset index. Data can be downloaded here.

World Health Survey Data - WHO has developed and implemented a Survey Programme and a World Health Survey to compile comprehensive baseline information on the health of populations and on the outcomes associated with the investment in health systems; baseline evidence on the way health systems are currently functioning; and, ability to monitor inputs, functions, and outcomes. Data are can be downloaded for many participating countries.

World Health Statistics 2009 - This publication has a section devoted to health inequities for the following indicators - births attended by skilled health personnel, measles immunization coverage among 1-year-old children, and under-5 mortality, with data drawn from Demographic and Health Surveys and Multi-Indicator Cluster Surveys.

LSMS household survey data - The LSMS surveys provide good data for analyzing relationships between poverty and ill health because they typically contain both good health modules (including data on health status, health behavior, health care utilization and health care expenditure), as well as good data on household income and consumption. Data can be downloaded from the website. The site also contains tools to help in designing and analyzing household surveys.

European Health For All database - The HFA-DB is a central database of comparable health statistics for the 53 member states of the WHO European Region. It is updated biannually and contains time series data on about 600 indicators of health status, health determinants, health care and health financing, in some cases dating back to the 1970s.


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