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

Afghanistan

Vital Signs Profile

 

Argentina

Vital Signs Profile

Indicator descriptions

Bahrain

Vital Signs Profile 

 

Burkina Faso

Vital Signs Profile; VSP en français

Indicator descriptions

Colombia

Vital Signs Profile; VSP en español

 

Cote d’Ivoire

2021: Vital Signs ProfileVSP en français

2018: Vital Signs Profile (ENG/FR)

 

Ghana

Vital Signs Profile 

Indicator descriptions

Guinea Bissau

Vital Signs Profile; VSP em português

 

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Vital Signs Profile

 

Iraq

Vital Signs Profile

 

Jordan

Vital Signs Profile

 

Kenya

Vital Signs Profile

Indicator descriptions

Libya

Vital Signs Profile

 

Malaysia

2021 Vital Signs Profile; 2018 VSP  

Indicator descriptions

Morocco

Vital Signs Profile

 

Mozambique

Vital Signs Profile; VSP em português

 

Nepal

Vital Signs Profile

Indicator descriptions

Oman

Vital Signs Profile

 

Pakistan

Vital Signs Profile

 

Papua New Guinea

Vital Signs Profile

 

Republic of North Macedonia

Vital Signs Profile

 

Rwanda

Vital Signs Profile

Indicator descriptions

Senegal

Vital Signs Profile

Indicator descriptions

South Africa

Vital Signs Profile

Indicator descriptions

Sri Lanka

Vital Signs Profile

Indicator descriptions

United Republic of Tanzania

Vital Signs Profile

Indicator descriptions

 

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