EHS-COVID (36) Please forward: How can we maintain essential health services during the pandemic?

13 November, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

(Please forward this email far and wide to your contacts and networks. We want to welcome hundreds of new members for this vital exchange of experience and expertise.)

HIFA and WHO are collaborating on a series of thematic discussions to promote cross country learning on the maintenance of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

We are holding a 4-week discussion in 4 languages, across all six HIFA forums, starting 16 November 2020.

'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

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

Q2. What has been the impact of health service disruptions 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 essential health services?

Q4. Which groups are especially vulnerable to health service disruptions? How can we ensure they are protected at this time?

Q5. The WHO Guidance (below) offers ten principles to maintain essential health services. Which principle is especially important to you and why?

WHO guidance: Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context interim guidance (June 2020)

Best wishes, Neil

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - ), a global community with more than 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages in collaboration with WHO. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: