World Health Organization website allows comparison of countries’ coronavirus response

Written by Jenni Davidson on 6 April 2020 in News

Platform includes data on more than 50 European countries, as well as the US

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a website of comparative data on how different European countries are responding to the coronavirus crisis.

Set up as a pilot with selected country data, the COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) will be updated regularly with information from all countries in Europe.

The aim is to systematically map and analyse health system responses to the pandemic across the continent, offering cross-country comparisons of the measures being taken and tracking wider public-health initiatives.

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The website currently has country-by-country data on actions such as testing, physical distancing, isolation and quarantine, health communication, management of cases, legislation and funding of the health service. As well as information on more than 50 countries across Europe, information on the US response is also included.

HRSM is a joint undertaking between the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

WHO regional director for Europe Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge said: “This tool is a breakthrough resource for health systems decision-makers tackling the pandemic.

“By mapping and analysing country narratives on response and providing essential data and evidence on COVID-19, the platform will be of real value to those who are responding to the crisis across the region and seeking to mitigate its far-reaching consequences.”


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Jenni Davidson is a journalist at PublicTechnology sister publication Holyrood, where this story first appeared. She tweets as @HolyroodJenni.

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