EHS-COVID (504) How to classify health services as 'essential' or 'non-essential'?

9 December, 2021

As we enter the final weeks of our WHO-supported discussions on Maintaining essential health services, we can address any unanswered questions. This will help us synthesise the learning from the discussions, which have already generated more than 500 exchanges.

One of these, from a year ago: "Can anyone shed light on how services are classified as 'essential' or 'non-essential', with perhaps an example in practice across a country or a healthcare facility?"

Best wishes, Neil

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,