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INFORM Risk Index: Access to health care

Understanding why and where humanitarian disasters are likely to occur is a fundamental step in saving lives and promoting sustainable development. Preparing the health workforce to work towards the attainment of a country's health objectives represents one of the most important challenges for its health system. As part of the coping capacity dimension of the INFORM Risk Index (global risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters) this layer shows an index for healthcare access. It captures the health system performance via indicators such as maternal mortality, the density of physicians and the overall system strength to deliver infant vaccination. The risk score ranges from 0-10, where 10 is the highest risk.

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INFORM. 2020. INFORM Risk Index 2021. INFORM is a collaboration of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Risk, Early Warning and Preparedness and the European Commission. The European Commission Joint Research Centre is the scientific lead of INFORM.


Census, surveys or models have to be used to estimate levels of maternal mortality where no comprehensive registration of deaths and of causes of death exists. The INFORM Risk Index is a composite index, which is a simplified view of reality. Therefore, it should be used in conjunction with other sources of information. Methodology and detailed discussion of limitations are available at:

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