EHS-COVID (281) Maintaining essential health services during the pandemic: Deep dive, 10 May-25 June 2021

8 May, 2021

Dear colleagues,

On Monday 10 May we start a major thematic discussion here on HIFA in collaboration with WHO. The theme is: Maintaining essential health services during the pandemic and beyond, and builds on our first discussion on this topic in November/December 2020.

We shall explore how to maintain essential (non-COVID) health services for reproductive health, child health, mental health, non-communicable diseases, surgery, emergency care, care for those who are vulnerable... These explorations will unfold on the HIFA discussion forums (English, French, Portuguese, Spanish) week by week over 6 weeks, guided by an expert working group of representatives of WHO and other organisations.

We are keen to welcome more new members onto HIFA, so *please do forward this message to your friends and colleagues* and point them to our landing page here:

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Has COVID-19 disrupted the provision of essential health services in your country or facility? What has been the impact of such disruptions on service delivery and health outcomes? What approaches have helped (or might help) to address these issues?

It is especially important that we hear and learn from the experience of health workers and patients on the front line. Your experience and observations will be harnessed by WHO and HIFA into a learning brief to be made available on the WHO website. This will help to support others as we work through this pandemic together, and hopefully be more resilient when the next pandemic strikes.

With thanks,


Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh MB,BS

Coordinator, Healthcare Information For All

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