Vital Signs Profile


PHC spending per capita
EMRO WHO estimates (2018)
$ 28
Per capita
Prioritization of PHC:
Overall health spending
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Government health spending
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Sources of PHC spending
EMRO WHO estimates (2018)
5 % Government
95 % Other


Primary Health Care Progression Model (2021)

Primary Health Care Progression Model
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Population Health & Facility Management
Primary Health Care Progression Model
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Access Index
DHS STATcompiler (2015)
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Quality Index
SPA (2018-2019), PMO Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan (2020), WHO/UNICEF (2019), 2020 Regional Core Indicators Booklet (2018), National Assessment of IMCI in Afghanistan (2016)
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Service Coverage Index
2020 Regional core indicators booklet, WHO TB programme (2019), DHS (2015), ANHS (2018), UHC Global Monitoring Report (2017)
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Access: % with perceived barriers due to cost, by wealth quintile
DHS Report (2015)
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Coverage of RMNCH services, by mother's education
Afghanistan Health Survey (2018)
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Outcomes: Under-five mortality, by residence
DHS Report (2015)
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Core Indicators

These 38 indicators assess different aspects of how a country's primary health care (PHC) system is performing across five categories - overall systemic factors, inputs, service delivery, outputs, and outcomes.


Is primary health care prioritized in your health system?


Does your system offer sufficient facilities, health care professionals, and supplies?

Service Delivery

Are services accessible and effectively organized, managed, and coordinated to deliver high quality care?


Does your system provide the essential services you need throughout each phase of life?


Does your system efficiently deliver better outcomes and greater equity?



Data: To learn more about our Core Indicators data click here. Visit the Indicator Library for detailed descriptions of the rationale, construction, and limitations of Core indicators. Download VSP Indicator Descriptions (link at top) for details on VSP indicators. Indicator values presented on the VSP may differ from country data sources due to the use of standardized categories and methods to enhance international comparability. See Indicator Description Sheet for details.

Access Index and Quality Index: Because different data/indicators are used in each country, composite index values may not be comparable across countries. Click on the arrows to see the specific indicators used in this VSP.

Color coding: Scores for the Capacity, Performance, and Equity domains are color-coded to reflect good (green), medium (yellow), and poor (red) performance, where comparable data are available. Scores based on data from non-comparable sources are colored gray. Finance indicators are not color-coded because these indicators lack common targets.

Capacity: The PHC Progression Model uses mixed methods to assess foundational capacities of PHC on a 4 point scale: red (low, 1), yellow (medium, 2 or 3), or green (high, 4).

Performance: scores for the Performance domain are color-coded red (poor, <60), yellow (medium, 60-79), or  green (good, 80+). 

Equity | Access: Difference between highest and lowest wealth quintiles Red > 50, Yellow 5-50, Green ≤ 5  

Equity | Coverage: Difference between none and secondary education Red > 30, Yellow 3-30, Green ≤ 3 

Equity | Outcomes: Difference between urban and rural Red>40, Yellow 3-40, Green ≤ 3