Video Remarks for Measurement and Accountability for Results in Health Summit

Heather Higginbottom
Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources 
Washington, DC
June 9, 2015

Good morning. I am delighted to be part of this Summit – the first of its kind focusing on measurement and accountability for results in health.  
It’s great to have so many representatives of the global community coming together for this important initiative – one that I’m confident will help us advance a common agenda for health measurement in the new development era.  I’d like to extend a special welcome to our guests from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and all around the world who have traveled to be here today.  And I’d like to thank the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and USAID for convening this important discussion. 
Country health information systems that are able to produce reliable and timely data are essential to improving health outcomes around the world.  Countries must be able to monitor and adjust their health programs to achieve success, and to do that they need the infrastructure and systems in place to collect and use data effectively.  While this has been a priority for the American government, and for many in the global health community, we have a unique opportunity here today to build on our past investments and provide a strong path that countries and our development partners can follow to make the best use of health data.  
There are great examples out there that show how data can be used to address complex health programs.  One excellent case study is PEPFAR’s new 3.0 strategy, which uses data to target populations where our investments will have the most impact and, ultimately, allow us to control the epidemic in a sustainable way.  The data-driven approach is, of course, not new to the team at PEPFAR.  Their success is built upon the use of data to drive effective public health investments.  And since controlling HIV/AIDS relies upon data that is accessible, actionable, and open – PEPFAR has made its own data public online through the PEPFAR Dashboards.  And more is on the way.  Efforts around open data will only increase as we adopt new ways to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals.
The United States believes that our global partners are at the heart of our strong global health wins.  Data should be no different.  We need nations, implementing partners, civil society, and the private sector to come together and build the strong measurement and accountability systems that will transform how we collect, share, and use data.  We must work closely with our global partners, and all stakeholders, to maximize our investments – and we see the Financing for Development conference next month in Addis Ababa as a key opportunity to advance these efforts. 
I invite you to join me and my colleagues in endorsing the Roadmap for Health Measurement and Accountability and the 5-Point Call to Action.  Together, we can harness the data revolution and usher in a new era for accountability and measurement in health.  Through innovation, collaboration and accountability, we can maximize the impact of public health programs worldwide and achieve lasting change.
Thank you so much.