Health systems

Health systems: tools and databases


This Resource Centre is an on-line repository of WHO tools designed to assist health authorities, at both national and sub-national level, in elaborating Health Policies, Strategies and Plans. It includes diagnostic tools for assessment, monitoring and evaluation, as well as tools to support priority setting, identifying effective strategies, costing scenarios, resource planning and budgeting, and programming and implementation.

  • National Health Planning Toolkit
    This is a repository of tools that are useful to assess a country’s health situation, set priorities and identify possible strategies to change the health system. The tools also help to cost the strategies or plans identified, they help plan resources and advise on how to implement and monitor them.
  • One Health
    This is a software tool designed to strengthen health system analysis and costing and to develop financing scenarios at the country level. The primary purpose of the tool is to assess health investment needs in low- and middle-income countries, for 3-10 years.
    WHO-CHOICE reports the costs and effects of a wide range of health interventions in the 14 demographic sub-regions of WHO (world divisions made based on geographical location and demographic profiles). The results of these cost-effectiveness analyses are assembled in sub-regional databases.
  • Global Health Expenditure Database
    The Global Health Expenditure Database (GHED) presents internationally comparable health expenditures for all WHO Member States from 1995 to present.

More tools for resililent health systems

Health systems

A well-functioning health system
working in harmony is built on having
trained and motivated health
workers, a well-maintained infrastructure,
and a reliable supply of medicines
and technologies, backed by adequate
funding, strong health plans and
evidence-based policies.