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Monitoring Health System Performance in Peru

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Peru has seen great progress towards the goal of providing universal health coverage to its population but still faces structural barriers to provide accessible and quality care . At the same time, Peru is going through a demographic and epidemiological transition, with an increasing disease burden from non-communicable diseases, with significant increases in cancer, CVD and diabetes, especially in urban areas. Measuring how the Peruvian health system is responding to these challenges requires a solid set of health sector statistics and indicators, underpinned by a robust health information system. The breadth and depth of data must be relevant and applicable to decision making at all levels of the health system, both to respond to national policy needs as well as comparing Peru in a regional and global context. This report assesses the status and availability of Peru’s routinely reported health sector data and statistics as well as the underlying data infrastructure. The report provides a set of recommendations to improve the health information system and to strengthen data coverage and comparability as Peru’s health care system develops.

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Executive Summary

The Peruvian health system is evolving. At the heart of this change is an ongoing commitment to reach universal health coverage (UHC). This translates into better access and financial protection, and contributes to better health outcomes. Yet, Peru faces challenges: the population continues to experience high rates of infectious diseases – alongside an increasing prevalence of non-communicable disease. The Peruvian health system, meanwhile, struggles with fragmentation and a lack of resources, which need to be tackled to create a modern and efficient system able to provide quality health services to the whole population.

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