Online tools for more accessible health information on the health SDGs

22 August 2017 - Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT) and Tableau, have been presented by Management of Information Systems (MIS) from Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and by World Health Organization (WHO) Bangladesh on 16 and 17 August, 2017 in Dhaka.

The HEAT is an analytical tool developed by WHO to monitor health inequalities in a country and also between countries, as equity is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda.

Tableau is a software that gathers health related data and displays them in easy and appealing format. Data visualization tools provide easy interpretation of health-related data and allow policy makers to make evidence-informed decisions.

These tools have been presented through a two-day workshop that gathered 90 participants from MIS office of DGHS and Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP), the MOH Planning wing, the Health Economics Unit, and the Bureau of Statistics from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare together with representatives from international NGOs including the icddr,b, the James P. Grant School of Public Health, Save the Children, and national NGOs such as BRAC.

Training has been provided to participants by a representative from the WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) on how to make the best use of the two platforms. These are part of an integrated plan of MIS’s health unit to further improve its e-health dashboards and make them more user-friendly and visually attractive. In this regard, WHO Bangladesh provided technical support to the MIS health unit to develop more modern data systems and build attractive data dashboards.

WHO is committed to continue its support to help in the areas of inter-operability of platforms and transfer of knowledge and skills to better monitor and track the country’s progress towards meeting the SDG goals and the Universal Health Coverage targets.