Using Data to Help Save the Lives of Mothers, Adolescents and Newborns: The Equitable Impact Sensitive Tool
Shahrouh Sharif, Advisor-Data Analytics and Health Systems Strengthening, Community Systems Foundation
Aditya Shankar, Programme Associate, Community Systems Foundation
Through this video, CSF’s Health Advisor, Shahrouh Sharif introduces UNICEF’s Equitable Impact Sensitive Tool (EQUIST) and highlights its use and impact in several contexts.
In 2010, UNICEF with support from CSF began the development of EQUIST to address the gap present in health investment planning, immunization inequities and the need to develop cost-effective implementation plans. EQUIST has been implemented in over 80 countries, assisting to provide a deeper level of analysis on the health conditions for mothers, newborns and children.
EQUIST has been enhanced to support the planning of cost effective health strategies to improve the lives of mothers, newborns and children. As demonstrated in the video, these include a Situation Analysis module where users can access key data to analyze national, regional and in some cases, district-level health outcomes; and a Scenario Analysis module that assists users to develop intervention strategies to address specific health problems for target populations.