Many low- and middle-income countries struggle to use public health data to inform policy decisions. This is partially due to a shortage of epidemiologists and other public health staff with specialized health policy-writing and communication skills, as well as the lack of a forum in which to share scientific findings. The Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative is providing technical assistance in 20 low- and middle-income countries worldwide to build their capacity to use scientific data to guide and support health policy development and health program decision-making. The Data to Policy (D2P) training program comprises one component of this initiative. Led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York-based nonprofit Vital Strategies, D2P involves collaboration with ministries of health to expand their use of data in policy-making.
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