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.



Policies and strategies

Regional targets

Featured publications


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



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


Guide for Documenting and Sharing "Best Practices" in Health Programmes
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Expert Consultation on the African Health Observatory
28 – 30 April 2014, Brazzaville, Congo


AHO-Atlas-2014-cover-sm1Atlas of African Health Statistics 2014
Health situation analysis of the African Region

AHO-ahm-cover-sm1African Health Monitor Issue 18, November 2013 - Health Systems and Disaster Preparedness and Response

aho_civil_registration_vital_statistics_smallRapid assessment of national civil registration and vital statistics systems

aho_birth_cause_death_smallImproving the quality and use of birth, death and cause-of-death information: guidance for a standards-based review of country practices

 aho_country_h_infos_systems_2nd_edition_smallFramework and Standards for Country Health Information Systems Second edition

aho_healthmetricsnetwork_assessment_tool_version4.00_smallHealtH Metrics Network - Assessing the National Health Information System - An Assessment Tool Version 4.00

PDAcloseup_thumbKenya: electronic record-keeping saves lives: An electronic record-keeping system has revolutionized HIV care in western Kenya with timely medical tests and treatment for 40 000 patients

alex_thumbKenya: a family's hope is renewed: Alex Odhiambo and his family benefit from timely HIV tests and care, thanks to the electronic record-keeping system introduced in Mosoriot