Launched in 2018, the Vital Signs Profiles are a measurement tool that policymakers, donors, advocates and citizens can use to better understand, and ultimately improve, primary health care around the world. They provide a snapshot of PHC systems in individual countries, shining a light on where systems are strong and where they are weak. Since 2018, 30+ Trailblazers have completed a a Vital Signs Profile (VSP). The snapshots can be downloaded from the links below. For more information on the indicators see the Primary Health Care Vital Signs Profiles Detailed Methodology Note.
Trailblazer Vital Signs Profiles
Country, region, or territory
Vital Signs Profile (PDF)
Indicator Description Sheet
2018: Vital Signs Profile (ENG/FR)
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Papua New Guinea
Republic of North Macedonia
United Republic of Tanzania
Notes on the data
- Access Index and Quality Index: Because different data/indicators are used in each country, composite index values may not be comparable across countries.
- 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