EHS-COVID (374) Prioritisation of health services (4)

4 June, 2021

How has the prioritisation of essential health services been undertaken during COVID-19? What have been the trade offs? What are the key lessons to learn? Our colleague Sunny Khan at WHO put these questions recently on HIFA [ ] and we look forward to your responses.

Meanwhile, I see that the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health has provided a toolkit for parliamentarians to help them 'to prioritize and address challenges around women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and well-being in debates and policies, and to ensure visibility of WCAH within response and recovery plans for COVID-19'.

You can access the toolkit here:

I invite HIFA members to review and comment on the toolkit and to let us know of any other tools that help policymakers (or hospital managers, or senior health professionals) to prioritise services.

You may also like to comment on the section on Prioritization in the WHO guidance (pages 6-7):

Best wishes, Neil

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,