Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA)

Author:World Health Organization, United States Agency for International Development
Description:The Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA) is designed to assess and monitor service availability and readiness of the health sector and generate evidence for planning and management of the health system. The SARA generates information on service delivery; availability of basic equipment; amenities; essential medicines; diagnostic capacities; and the readiness of health facilities to provide basic healthcare interventions relating to family planning, child health services, basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care, HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and noncommunicable diseases. This assessment builds on several existing tools, including the service availability mapping tool from the WHO and the service provision assessment tool developed by ICF International under the USAID-funded Demographic and Health Surveys program. In its full implementation, the SARA is meant to be accompanied by a data quality review comparing reported data at different levels of the health system.
      Assessment Purpose
    • Comprehensive assessment to inform national-level planning
    • Routine monitoring
      Health System Level
    • National
    • Subnational
    • Facility or community
      Assessment Areas
    • HIS governance and leadership
    • HIS management
    • Data sources
    • Data management
    • Information products and dissemination
    • Data quality
      Primary Data Collection Method
    • Mixed methods
      Other Criteria
    • Considers context
    • Considers gender
    • Excel-based tool
    • Time intensive
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