EHS-COVID (454) WHO COVID-19 Health Services Learning Hub - October Newsletter

28 October, 2021

Dear HIFA Forums Members,

Please, kindly find below the latest updates from the WHO COVID-19 Health Services Learning Hub (HLH). This month's highlight is an Action Brief developed by HIFA Thematic Discussion participants - we will send a separate message to provide you more details on this insightful piece.

Here you can find a link to the HTML version of the HLH October Newsletter:


HLH Newsletter - October 2021

Welcome to the HLH Newsletter!

The HLH is a WHO knowledge platform to share cross-country learning on maintaining essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the post-pandemic recovery. Learn more about us here [].

The HLH Newsletter is a place to share up-to-date information on key knowledge products from WHO and the Network of Networks. If you have any queries or wish to contribute, please email us:

HLH Action Brief

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

Findings from a HIFA (Healthcare Information For All) Thematic Discussion [

Do you have an innovative approach to share on maintaining essential health services during COVID-19?

Submit your Action Brief! []

WHO Activities

Maintaining essential MNCH services during COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons from 19 countries. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO has engaged with countries to ensure the continuity of essential health services. This global event will share and discuss countries’ experiences and lessons learned during the implementation, including establishing structures and systems to coordinate the response and ensure continuity of services, proactive use of data to inform decision-making, adaptation of service delivery and innovation.

Registration is available here [].

The first digital space of its kind, the Partners Platform offers a unique meeting ground where national governments, UN agencies and other partners can coordinate global health responses for an acute event, in real time.

Originally conceived as the COVID-19 Partners Platform’s, the Platform now also offers global actors the opportunity to develop and share national response plans for Ebola virus disease (EVD) and measles, enabling both transparency and joint ownership in strengthening preparedness and response capacities. Through the use of innovative action checklists, innovative dynamic costing tools for country resource needs, and data-driven dashboards, the Platform tracks the global flow and demand of contributions from both international development banks and national charities, allowing other donors the chance to see where contributions are most needed, particularly in regards to vaccine funding.

Members states and other stakeholders can learn more and are invited to request access on the Partners Platform’s landing page [].

The WHO Global Learning Laboratory (GLL) for Quality Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is embarking on a learning journey on Quality Essential Health Services during COVID-19. The learning journey will explore the important lessons learned throughout the world as health systems have endeavored to maintain the provision of quality essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you work with the national quality directorate, sub-national/district health team and facility-level quality improvement teams in your country and would like to document and share your experience, we want to hear from you! Email the team at [] for more information.

HLH Network of Networks

On 14th October we gathered for yet another HLH Network of Networks briefing. Our community, dedicated to maintaining essential health services during COVID-19, shared their latest experience and talked about ongoing initiatives. Thank you all for being part of this journey!

Join the FM Pivot initiative by the Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine. [

The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine is excited to announce the FM Pivot learning module “Finding Great Research Questions in Pandemics and Other Crises: An introduction for family medicine researchers” is now available at []. This module aims to build research skills and capacity amongst community-based family doctors and trainees.

The FM Pivot initiative is a series of 5 modules that aims to apply global experiences from the COVID-19 pandemic. Each FM Pivot module is developed by Canadian Primary Care Lead and an International Primary Care Lead to highlight mutual learning and to establish new forms of collaborative leadership (Integrated Care Framework Strategy 5.1). These modules will serve as a co-learning platform to strengthen the skills of family doctors and primary care providers around the world (Integrated Care Framework Strategy 3.3). Start this learning module here [].

THET’s community platform, Pulse, now available in a mobile app - THET is delighted to launch the Pulse app, supporting mobile access to a global community that enables health professionals across the world to connect, create and collaborate. Pulse helps to create a world where health professionals are empowered to grow and lead health systems strengthening worldwide by supporting, motivating and equipping the global health workforce to delivery quality healthcare. Available on both Apple [] and Android [ devices via the App store.

Catch up on THET’s Annual Conference 2021, Power of Partnership: Solidarity in the shadow of COVID - THET's Annual Conference welcomed 450 registered attendees from across 28 countries and 105 organisations to examine the myriad forms of solidarity across the Health Partnership community in this International Year of the Health and Care Worker. The conference brought together leading voices from across the health, development, academic and government communities, including Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO, Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, and Dr Manal Gas, Medical Coordinator, Ministry of Health Development, Somaliland. The recordings of each session can be accessed on Pulse [

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If you would like to be featured in the next issue of the HLH Newsletter, do not hesitate to share your inputs with us.

Thank you and with best regards,

HLH Team

Jagoda Khatri

Project Support, COVID-19: Health Services Learning Hub

World Health Organization

HIFA profile: Jagoda Khatri works with the COVID-19: Health Services Learning Hub at the World Health Organization, Geneva. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Essential Health Services and COVID-19. khatrij AT