November 15, 2021

Newly Published World Compendium: Healthcare Facilities and Nonprofit Organizations

World Compendium is the most comprehensive index of critical information on healthcare facilities and nonprofits in 72 low and lower-middle-income countries. Presented in an easily accessible format and organized in 72 country chapters, the compendium allows stakeholders to better identify where healthcare services are available and where additional resources are needed. World Compendium is a sequel to Insights in Global Health: A Compendium of Healthcare Facilities and Nonprofit Organizations, published in December 2020. Both are published by Taylor & Francis.

 


About The Book

Today the global marketplace for delivery of targeted healthcare in resource-poor regions presents challenging barriers. That is to say, while human and capital resources available to care for underserved populations have increased, these resources remain unevenly distributed. The people and institutions that wish to deliver healthcare—volunteers, nonprofits, governments, the private sector—lack ready access to the granular, local data necessary to identify those most in need. World Compendium of Healthcare Facilities and Nonprofit Organizations seeks to address this information asymmetry and thereby reduce the frictions that lead to inefficient delivery of services or disengagement.

Among the most comprehensive resources of its kind, World Compendium presents a curated directory of nonprofits, non governmental organizations (NGOs), hospitals, and healthcare facilities in 72 low and lower-middle-income countries as classified by the World Bank. Access to such data highlights areas that are underserved or in need of additional assistance. The content is listed by country and enhanced with custom maps and country overviews.

World Compendium was born out of Virtue Foundation’s considerable experience providing direct healthcare in resource-poor regions. For nearly 20 years, Virtue Foundation volunteers, working in collaboration with local healthcare professionals, have been providing surgical and medical services worldwide. During this time, much has been learned about the necessity for access to reliable targeted data as a means to provide efficient healthcare delivery.

World Compendium is also an outgrowth of the Virtue Foundation Actionable Data Initiative, a multi-year interdisciplinary journey of research and experimentation in applying AI and data science to global health. Harnessing advancements in technology and machine learning, the Foundation has created a first-of-its-kind mapping-and-matching global health platform for local nonprofits and healthcare organizations that can be found at VFMatch.org. This compendium represents one of the first products of this initiative, providing a curated view of demand-side data and enabling volunteer medical professionals, governments, and other stakeholders to better identify where healthcare services are available and where additional resources are needed.