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Monday, March 03, 2008

Interview on OA to health statistics

An interview with Sally Stansfield - Who owns the information? Who has the power?, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, March 2008. Stansfield is executive secretary of the Health Metrics Network.

... Q: Are people in the developing world aware that they are missing out on the kind of information that is taken for granted in industrialized countries?

A: No, in general the statistical services in countries are managed by governments and they are used to serve the needs of government officials, so it is rare that those statistics are systematically disseminated to citizens. It is rare [also] that citizens see it as their right to be able to hold their government accountable using those statistics. ...