Monitoring health inequalities is essential to achieving health equity: it is essential to know who is being left behind in order to be able to tackle existing inequalities and ensure equitable access to quality health services for all. Health inequality monitoring should be an integral part of a country’s health information system. The Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT and HEAT Plus) is a software application that facilitates the assessment of health inequalities. This course covers how this software application can support the analysis and use of disaggregated data as an input for equity-oriented policy making.
Overview: Equity is essential to the Sustainable Development Goal principle of ‘leaving no one behind’, as well as central to the WHO GPW13 objective of ‘serving the vulnerable’. Health inequality monitoring is an essential starting point for building more effective and more equitable policies, programmes, and practices.
The Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT and HEAT Plus) is a software application that facilitates the interpretation and reporting of health inequality data and thereby supports capacity building for the integration of this evidence in policy making processes. The toolkit is available in two editions: HEAT (Built-in Database Edition), which comes with the WHO Health Inequality Data Repository pre-installed; and HEAT Plus (Upload Database Edition), which allows users to upload and work with their own datasets.
This course provides a practical guide on how to use both HEAT and HEAT Plus to assess inequalities. The target audience is monitoring and evaluation officers, data analysts and other technical officers with an interest in data analysis and reporting. The course may also be of interest to students and researchers.
Course duration: Approximately 1.5 hours
Certificates: A Certificate of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the final assessment. Participants who receive a Certificate of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.