Recognizing that primary health care (PHC) is critical in both fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and maintaining essential services, PHCPI is pleased to launch the PHCPI Online Forum to promote peer learning around the role of PHC in pandemic response and health system strengthening.
As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, strong PHC can provide a critical first line of defense. PHC helps track and stop the spread of local outbreaks while continuing to meet people’s everyday health needs. In the midst of the emergency response, the world cannot afford to ignore other essential health services – including vaccinations; reproductive, maternal and child health care; HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria services; mental health, and treatment for chronic diseases. Allowing these services to lapse risks losing crucial health gains and could leave millions more vulnerable to preventable and treatable illness…..more