African Health Observatory & Knowledge Management


The African Health Observatory and Knowledge Management Unit supports countries and WHO to acquire, generate, share and use information, evidence and knowledge (IEK) efficiently and effectively to improve health systems and outcomes.

The availability and use of IEK enables strengthened health systems and action on broader determinants of health for improved health, increased longevity and better quality of life. IEK also empowers citizens by enabling better participation in health care, policy and decision processes; and, by improving transparency and accountability through the use of objective and verifiable methods.


Atlas of African Health Statistics 2014: Health situation analysis of the African Region

AHO-Atlas-2014-cover-sm1With over 890 million inhabitants in 47 countries, the African Region accounts for about 12 per cent of the world’s population. This statistical atlas provides the health status and trends in the countries of the African Region, the various components of their health systems, coverage and access levels for specific programmes and services, the broader determinants of health in the Region and the progress made on reaching the Millennium Development Goals.

African Health Monitor Issue 18, November 2013: Health Systems and Disaster Preparedness and Response

AHO-ahm-cover-sm1From the public health point of view, the objective of disaster preparedness and response, the major theme of this issue of the Monitor, is to reduce the health consequences of public health emergencies, natural disasters and conflict and minimize their social and economic impact.