The World Health Organisation has said that only one in every 10 deaths in Africa is registered, making the region the most underreported concerning death cases.
This was stated in the recently released result from the organisation’s first-ever global assessment of country health information systems, SCORE which means Survey, Count, Optimise, Review, Enable, a collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies.
According to a press release by WHO on Monday, the SCORE Report highlights that two-thirds of low-income countries have established a standardised system to report causes of deaths but there is an urgent need to strengthen these systems to help the world respond to health emergencies and trach progress towards global health goals.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said, “The pandemic has stretched the capacity of country health information systems around the world, as they must track both the disease and other critical health trends. The SCORE report is an important step towards better data, for better decisions and better health.”
Dr. Samira Asma, Assistant Director-General, for Data, Analytics and Delivery, said, “With SCORE at hand, WHO will support countries around the world to address data gaps and strengthen their data and health information systems.”