ASSESSMENT OF METHODOLOGY USED IN COMPUTING SDG HEALTH INDICATORS
Author: Jessa S. Lopez, Roxanne Jean L. Elumbre, Jethro N. Borromeo
With the current pandemic affecting millions of lives globally, information from quality health statistics has never been more critical, particularly on the availability and affordability of medicines in health facilities, health worker density, and emergency preparedness. Given this, the PSRTI looked into the following SDG indicators: 3.b.3 Proportion of health facilities that have a core set of relevant essential medicines available and affordable on a sustainable basis; 3.c.1 Health worker density and distribution; and 3.d.1 International Health Regulations (IHR) capacity and health emergency preparedness. In this study, data gaps were identified based on the current methodology of DOH, country practices were studied on how to measure the indicators and address the data issues, and finally, recommendations were formulated to improve the collection of data and computation for these indicators.