Coverage of essential health services

What you should know about this indicator

Coverage index for essential health services (based on tracer interventions that include reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases and service capacity and access). It is presented on a scale of 0 to 100.

Statistical concept and methodology: The Service Coverage Index used to track SDG 3.8.1 includes four indicator categories, namely (1) reproductive, manternal and newborn and child health, (2) infectious diseases, (3) non-communicable diseases and (4) service capacity and access. Each category contains several tracers. The index is constructed from geometric means of the tracer indicators; first, within each of the four categories, and then across the four category-specific means to obtain the final summary index. See Source for details about methodology.

Notes from original source: For the aggregated data, World Bank’s historical income classification that was based on data from each respective year was used. For example, the FY2002 income classification based on the 2000 GNI per capita was used for the 2000 aggregates, the FY2007 income classification based on the 2005 GNI per capita was used for the 2005 aggregates, and so on.

Multiple sources compiled by World Bank (2024) – processed by Our World in Data
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May 20, 2024
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May 2025
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The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates.

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