The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the capacity of health systems to continue the delivery of essential health services. While health systems around the world are being challenged by increasing demand for care of COVID-19 patients, it is critical to maintain preventive and curative services, especially for the most vulnerable populations, such as children, older persons, people living with chronic conditions, minorities and people living with disabilities.’ World Health Organization

HIFA is collaborating with WHO to promote sharing and learning of experience and expertise around the maintenance of essential health services during and after the pandemic, in a spirit of solidarity and code development.

On behalf of HIFA and WHO, here are the guiding questions on cancer services:

Q1. How has COVID-19 affected the delivery of cancer services in your health facility or country?

Q2. What has been the impact of this on the health and wellbeing of people in your health facility or country?

Q3. What have you, your health facility or country done to maintain cancer services?

Note: Please feel free to comment on any aspect of cancer during COVID-19, including care-seeking, screening, diagnosis, treatment and palliate care… The HIFA working group will continue to work with our WHO colleagues to collate your inputs for the benefit of others. With best wishes, Neil Coordinator, WHO-HIFA Collaboration: HIFA project on Essential Health Services and COVID-19…more