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​​Director of the Directorate for Health Information and ResearchProfessor Neville Calleja


The Directorate for Health Information and Research will lead the collectionanalysis and delivery of health related information in Malta. It will provide high quality epidemiological information and indicators on the health of the population and health services. Health information shall be made available for policy and decision makers, for the public in general, interested institutions and other that may require it. Research initiatives shall be developed and assistance shall be provided to the Chief Medical Officer by contributing the necessary evidence for the formulation of policy and strategy in the area of public health and health services for both existing and proposed programmes.


  • To gather, analyse and disseminate health information
  • To conduct epidemiological surveys and maintain disease registers
  • To maintain and develop the range of services and products that the department produces, ranging from reports to requests for customised information, accurately and in a timely manner;
  • To co-ordinate and prepare reports identifying issues, problems, unmet needs and service gaps, and recommend initiatives, review of policies, and amendments to procedures and programmes as required;
  • To develop the infrastructure needed for the provision of non-expenditure data for the System of Health Accounts         
  • To promote and carry out research;
  • To communicate relevant results and reports from the above initiatives to stakeholders and the public

The Directorate for Health Information and Research is responsible for the management of national health data sets on mortalitycancercongenital anomaliescerebral palsy, organ transplantobstetricsdementia, rare diseases, hospitals information system and accidents and injuries as well as for a number of other databases on health service activity.

This directorate is  responsible for carrying out the  Health Interview Surveys. The First National Health Interview Survey was done in 2002. The European Health Interview Survey was completed in 2008.


The Directorate is broadly divided into two sections one dealing with health status and  the other with health care activity.  An administration office supports the above-mentioned functions and responsibilities. The Directorate currently employs 25 Officers.


A certificate for Quality Service has been given to the Directorate and accesss to the relative Quality Service Charter Document may be accessed through the website of the Charter Support Unit (Office of the Prime Minister) at and by subsequently selecting the Health Statistics Service.

Alternatively access document directly:                     

English Version​

The Directorate has been awarded the Equality Mark Certificate ​by the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) through the European Social Fund (ESF) programme for demonstrating a commitment towards best practices in gender equality.


The National Obstetric Information System (NOIS) of the Directorate for Health Information and Research has issued the NOIS Annual Report - 2019, which details information on all births and deliveries in Malta and Gozo for the year 2019.

NOIS Annual Reports:

The European Perinatal Health Report 2015 – Core Indicators of the health and care of pregnant women and babies in Europe in 2015 ( )​

A report that highlights the health of mothers and their babies in European Countries. This report presents the main indicators of maternal and perinatal health for 2015 and where appropriate compares this to the indicators reported for 2010 - indicating where improvements or otherwise were achieved. Great effort is placed in harmonising the indicators presented as far as possible so that informed country comparisons may be reached.

Highlights of this report from a Malta perspective may be found in:

Highlights of the European Perinatal Health Report 2015 - Summary – Malta Perspective

Highlights of the European Perinatal Health Report 2015 – Annex-Tables and Graphs – Malta Perspective ​


Annual Mortality Report 2015​

The National Mortality Register of the Directorate for Health Information and Research has issued the Annual Mortality Report - 2015, which details information on all deaths in Malta and Gozo for the year 2015.

Injury Database - Annual Report 2013

The Injury Database within the Directorate for Health Information and Research has issued the Injury Database 2013 Annual Report which provides epidemiological data on inj​uries reported at the Accident and Emergency Departments within Gozo General Hospital and Mater Dei Hospital.​

​This is the first report from the first national health system performance review undertaken in Malta.  The Health System Performance Assessment (HSPA) framework was developed to serve as a system to regularly monitor and review the performance of the health system across time and against international benchmarks.