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Exploring the Health for All family of databases


Exploring the Health for All family of databases

WHO Europe’s Health for All family of databases are the Region’s gold-standard source of health statistics for monitoring and assessment tools in key health policy areas. Discover the wealth of information in the “Health for All explorer”, a new tool that now provides integrated access to these indicators. It is a tool to dynamically compare and explore the indicators, and allows full open access to the data and the graphs.

Explore the data, make the graphs as you like them, and then bookmark them for yourself, or send them to colleagues -  as graphics, datasets, embeddable parts web pages or on social media.

A trusted source of information

The Health for All explorer unifies data on more than 1500 indicators. Since the mid-1980s, Member States of the WHO European Region have been reporting essential health-related statistics to the Health for All (HFA) family of databases, making it one of WHO’s oldest sources of data. As it is based on reported data, rather than estimates, the HFA family of databases is also particularly valuable.

HFA databases bring together the indicators that are part of major monitoring frameworks relevant to the Region, such as Health 2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The indicators cover basic demographics, health status, health determinants and risk factors, as well as health care resources, expenditures and more.

HFA databases allow access to regional, national and some subnational indicators and metadata, which are visualized through interactive online tools in the Health for All explorer. Data, metadata, graphs and maps can be exported or shared online and on social media.

Where do the data come from?

HFA data are compiled from various sources, including a network of country experts, WHO/Europe's technical programmes, and partner organizations such as the statistical office of the European Union (Eurostat), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and United Nations agencies. Data are updated annually.

WHO/Europe constantly upgrades its online databases and analysis tools to make it easier to access and visualize the indicators. Data are now integrated into the WHO/Europe Data Warehouse with a public application programming interface (API).

Explore by visualizing

  • Explore the data by visualizing it through line and bubble charts, and see the geographic overviews in maps.
  • Animate the line charts and bubble charts to see the changes in in the indicators over time.
  • Compare selected countries of groups of countries to the rest of the region, or to population-weighted averages of subregional country groups.

Bookmark, export and share

  • Bookmark your customized selections and graphs for future interactive reuse.
  • Print or export your customized graphs in several image and vector formats, including Powerpoin-editable emf format.
  • Shared the graphs via email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. When visualizations are shared, viewers will always see visualizations up to date as appearing on the Health for All explorer.
  • Download data and metadata fo your computer for offline use.
  • Try other tools as well: the WHO European Health Statistics mobile app makes a subset of the indicators available for mobile and offline use. The indicators can also be accessed via the API.