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 codevelopment.

We aim to:
1. Strengthen the development, dissemination, awareness, understanding and engagement of WHO guidance: Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context interim guidance (June 2020).
2. Strengthen uptake of WHO Guidance and briefs, including contextualization, implementation and problem-solving of challenges.
3. Identify and harness country practices and solutions to help inform the collective global response to COVID-19.
4. Disseminate emerging COVID-related research (in liaison with the WHO Science Division, IMST and HIFA partners), particularly that which is relevant to the current project…more