International Health Facility Assessment Network (IHFAN)
Areas of work

IHFAN has three main areas of work:

  • Coordination and communication of HFA, including the identification of global best practice;
  • Provision of guidance and references for the development of HFA and best practice; and
  • Technical papers and other publications

Coordination and Communication of HFA

IHFAN provides technical leadership and coordination around HFA tools, indicators, data availability and quality; and maintains strategic liaisons with global partners. Mechanisms include: the 'listserve" (IHFAN@who.int); routine and periodic strategic and technical meetings; country/regional capacity building workshops; and participation in national and regional conferences and meetings.


'Capacity Building Workshop in Pillars of Health Facility Assessment and Information Use, in support of the East African Community Partner States, Entebbe, Uganda June 2008

Tool Development

IHFAN develops strategic tools to support HFA data collection, preservation and use. The examples of these tools include HFA metadata database and HFA logbook. HFA question bank for the preservation of best practices in HFA is in the pipeline. These tools are developed in collaboration with the World Bank, International Household Survey Network (IHSN), PARIS 21 (managed by Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)), Accelerated Data Program (ADP) (funded by theWorld Bank), and World Health Organization.

Technical Papers and Other Publications

IHFAN draws upon the experiences and needs of its members to address specific technical issues. Focus is by client's demand. A list of existing papers is available at the MEASURE Evaluation web-site.