Information systems and regulatory documentation in El Salvador related to migration and health

Alvarado Ascencio et al.


Analyze, from the perspective of international health, data on migration and health contained in El Salvador’s information systems and regulatory documentation.


The information and documentation systems of the Virtual Center for Regulatory Documentation of the Ministry of Health of El Salvador were reviewed in detail. Regulatory documentation on migration and health from the websites of the Central American Integration System (SICA), the Mesoamerican Initiative, and the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle was also studied.


None of the six information systems of the Ministry of Health of El Salvador captures either immigration status or access to and use of health services. Of the 52 national documents studied, 50 do not specify actions on migration and health.


Not all the information systems provide data on access to and use of health services, nor information on pro-health behaviors or early warnings that are useful for decision-making by health authorities. The guidelines contained in the Salvadoran regulatory framework do not address actions related to migration and health.

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