Health Systems Country Profiles
Until 1998, a report on the health system of each country of the Region of the Americas that systematically provided a succinct and analytical description of the structure and dynamics of each country’ s health system was not available. The countries of the Region expressed the need to have methodological guidelines that would facilitate the preparation and periodic updating as well as to monitor and evaluate health sector reform processes. (CD41.R12)
The following Health Systems Profiles have resulted from the application by the country technical levels of the Guidelines for the Preparation of Health Systems Profiles for the Countries of the Region. The Profile does not contain an exhaustive analysis of all possible subjects or of all the subjects it deals with. It refers only to the relevant aspects of selected subjects considered indispensable by the countries.
Detailed analyses of the subjects included (or of others not included) are possible and, in many cases, necessary, and they can be addressed subsequently by the countries. The concise nature and periodic updating of the Profile has made the Health Systems Profile a valuable tool for decision-makers at the national, sub-national, and international level. This is particularly relevant at a time when the strengthening of the steering role of the ministries of health has become an important item in the countries health agenda.
Lastest edition of the Methodological Guidelines: Health Systems Profiles