PHC Evidence -- powered by Health Systems Evidence -- supports evidence-informed primary health care in low- and middle-income countries

The McMaster Health Forum is proud to support the launch of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI). As part of this initiative, PHC Evidence provides access to the best available research evidence for strengthening primary health care (PHC) systems. PHC Evidence draws all of its evidence from Health Systems Evidence, an initiative of the McMaster Health Forum. Health Systems Evidence contains syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems, and about implementation strategies that can support change in health systems.

PHCPI is a new partnership that brings together country policymakers, health system managers, practitioners, advocates and other development partners to catalyze improvements in PHC in low- and middle-income countries through better measurement and knowledge-sharing. PHCPI will help countries track key performance indicators for their PHC systems, identifying which parts of the system are working well and which ones aren’t. This will enhance accountability and provide decision-makers with essential information to drive improvements. To make data actionable, this partnership will also provide a platform for countries to share lessons and best practices. 

PHCPI was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization, in partnership with Ariadne Labs and Results for Development. It was officially launched on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September 2015.