Health statistics and information systems

Master facility list (MFL) resource package: Guidance for countries wanting to strengthen their MFL

October 2019

The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program and the World Health Organization (WHO) are announcing a new, free resource package to provide guidance for countries to establish or strengthen their Master Facility List (MFL). This package describes the elements needed to have a functional MFL, including a governance structure, a comprehensive and up-to-date facility list, and a software platform. The resource package also covers roles for the MFL within a Health Information Exchange; key decisions during the planning and implementation phases; best practices for establishing, maintaining, and sharing an MFL; and resource needs.

Developed by The DHS Program, the resource package builds on WHO draft guidance documents and the Open Health Information Exchange facility registry guide. It reflects extensive stakeholder inputs and resources from individuals with MFL implementation experience in a variety of countries. The package is also a product of the Health Data Collaborative, a global network of partners working to strengthen country-led health information systems.