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World Bank releases massive new Health Equity & Financial Protection Indicator (HEFPI) dataset

The World Bank has just published a massive new dataset – HEFPI – which documents disparities in health intervention coverage and health outcomes, and the incidence of catastrophic and impoverishing out-of-pocket medical expenses worldwide:


  • The HEFPI dataset contains 12,856 datapoints at the population level across 194 countries, of which 8,550 are available at the (wealth) quintile level too.
  • HEFPI spans the period 1982-2017, with 11,079 datapoints since 2000.
  • It contains 51 indicators in total, of which five cover financial protection, 18 medical intervention coverage, and 28 health outcomes.
  • Indicators were selected that are commonly used in international goals such as the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals, Universal Health Coverage, the Non-Communicable Disease targets, etc.
  • The data come from over 1,600 household surveys. Wherever possible, HEFPI datapoints were computed from microdata to ensure consistency across countries and years – an advantage over data from sources like Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) and Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) reports and the DHS StatCompiler tool.
  • There’s a data portal where you can explore data availability, and construct and save customized visualizations of the data.
  • Or you can just download the entire dataset here.


A short overviews of the HEFPI dataset has been published in Lancet Global Health and there is a working paper detailing its methodology and providing multiple examples of its use. Should you have any questions, you can reach the authors at

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