The domain of health is one of the important areas of cooperation identified by the OIC member countries for joint Islamic action under the OIC-2025 Programme of Action. This is in recognition of the central role of health in overall human development, socio-economic progress and poverty alleviation in the member countries. So far, OIC countries held six sessions of Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM) and chalked out the OIC Strategic Health Programme of Action (OIC-SHPA) 2014-2023 to address the public health related issues and challenges across the Islamic world.
SESRIC has been preparing the OIC Health Report since 2011 to serve as the technical background document for the biennial sessions of the ICHM. This report also provides impetuous to the implementation of the OIC-SHPA 2014-2023 by drawing a detailed picture of progress and gauging the performance of OIC member countries towards the implementation of actions and activities recommended by the Ministerial resolutions and the OIC-SHPA.
The report evaluates the performance of OIC member countries by analyzing the latest trends in major health indicators at the OIC group level as well as at the individual country level. The report is mainly structured around the six thematic areas of cooperation identified under the OIC-SHPA 2014-2023; namely 1) Health System Strengthening; 2) Disease Prevention and Control; 3) Maternal, New-born and Child Health and Nutrition; 4) Medicines, Vaccines and Medical Technologies; 5) Emergency Health Response and Interventions; and 6) Information, Research, Education and Advocacy. The analysis in report is largely based on the latest statistics procured from various international data sources like WHO, UNICEF and World Bank.