EHS-COVID (529) WHO recommendations for resilient health systems

9 April, 2022

With thanks to Shams Syed, WHO. Selected extracts and comment from me below.

CITATION: Bull World Health Organ. 2022 Apr 1; 100(4): 240–240A.

Published online 2022 Apr 1. doi: 10.2471/BLT.22.287843

WHO recommendations for resilient health systems

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus et al.

EXTRACTS (selected by NPW)

Despite our collective experience with public health emergencies, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has demonstrated that national health systems were poorly prepared for a pandemic of this scale...

WHO calls on leaders and policy-makers within health, finance and other sectors to act on the seven recommendations of the position paper on building health systems resilience to:

(i) leverage the current response to strengthen both pandemic preparedness and health systems;

(ii) invest in essential public health functions including those needed for all-hazards emergency risk management;

(iii) build a strong primary health-care foundation;

(iv) invest in institutionalized mechanisms for whole-of-society engagement;

(v) create and promote enabling environments for research, innovation and learning;

(vi) increase domestic and global investment in health system foundations and all-hazards emergency risk management; and

(vii) address pre-existing inequities and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on marginalized and vulnerable populations.

COMMENT (Neil PW): Our current WHO-HIFA project on Maintaining essential health services during COVID-19 (and beyond) aims to promote an enabling environmment for research, innovation and learning around how to increase the resilience of health systems in the face of public health emergencies.

See also our complementary sister project: Learning for quality health services

Best wishes, Neil

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Global Coordinator HIFA,