Collaborating to ease Africa’s data drought

Lancet Global Health
Aug 2017 Volume 5 Number 8 e727-e837

Collaborating to ease Africa’s data drought
The Lancet Global Health
At the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York this week, UN Member States have been taking a detailed look at progress on a selection of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including goal 3 on ensuring healthy lives. As part of this process, 44 countries from across the wealth spectrum have provided voluntary national reviews, including seven from Africa. These African reviews reveal a dedication to the SDG process, with incorporation of targets into national plans and efforts to engage all stakeholders via consultations and awareness campaigns. However, there is a recurring theme when it comes to challenges. Aside from the obvious financial limitations, almost all countries cite a dearth of reliable disaggregated data on which to base intervention programmes….