WHO & HIFA: Maintaining essential health services during the pandemic: Deep dive, 10 May-25 June 2021

Neil Pakenham-Walsh

Dear colleagues at IBP,
HIFA invites you to join our forum in readiness for a major thematic discussion in collaboration with WHO, starting 10 May.
We shall be exploring in depth on how to maintain essential health services during the pandemic: reproductive health, child health, mental health, non-communicable diseases, surgery, emergency care, care for those who are vulnerable. These explorations will unfold on the HIFA discussion forums (English, French, Portuguese, Spanish) week by week over 6 weeks, guided by an expert working group of representatives of WHO and other organisations.
Throughout the discussion we are keen to hear from IBP members about maintaining essential reproductive health services. Has COVID-19 disrupted the provision of services in your country or facility? What has been the impact of such disruptions on service delivery and health outcomes? What approaches have helped (or might help) to address these issues? 
Our reference document is the official WHO guidance (2020): Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context interim guidance (June 2020). https://www.who.int/publications-detail-redirect/WHO-2019-nCoV-essential-health-services-2020.1
If you are not already a HIFA member, please join today in readiness for the discussions!
See more here: https://www.hifa.org/news/who-hifa-maintaining-essential-health-services-during-pandemic-deep-dive-10-may-25-june-2021
With thanks,
Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh MB,BS
Coordinator, Healthcare Information For All
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