Glossary Term: Impact

(i) The total, direct and indirect, effects of a programme, service or institution on a health status and overall health and socio‐economic development.

(ii) Positive or negative, long‐term or medium‐term effects produced by a programme or intervention.

(iii) the degree of achievement of an ultimate health objective.



The Coalition has used the World Health Organization’s 2006 World Health Report to define impact as: 

(i) the total, direct and indirect, effects of a programme, service or institution on a health status and overall health and socio-economic development.

(ii) positive or negative, long-term or medium-term effects produced by a programme or intervention.

(iii) the degree of achievement of an ultimate health objective

The overall report aims to rapidly and equitably identify potential actions, future investments, and health advancements (specifically regarding the health workforce).

World Health Organization. “The World Health Report: 2006: Working Together for Health.” World Health Organization, 2006. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/43432.


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