EHS-COVID (114) Q5. WHO Guidance: Which principle is most important to you and why?

6 December, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Thank you all for your contributions to our discussion on Maintaining essential health services during COVID-19 and beyond, in collaboration with WHO. We have heard so far from Bangladesh, Croatia, India, Nigeria, Timor-Leste,and Uganda. We look forward to hear from the other 174 countries represented on HIFA :-)

We now enter our final week and I would like to invite you to consider Question 5:

Q5. THE WHO GUIDANCE OFFERS TEN PRINCIPLES TO MAINTAIN ESSENTIAL HEALTH SERVICES. WHICH PRINCIPLE IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND WHY?

1. Adjust governance and coordination mechanisms to support timely action

2. Prioritize essential health services and adapt to changing contexts and needs

3. Optimize service delivery settings and platforms

4. Establish safe and effective patient flow at all levels

5. Rapidly optimize health workforce capacity

6. Maintain the availability of essential medications, equipment and supplies

7. Fund public health and remove financial barriers to access

8. Strengthen communication strategies to support the appropriate use of essential services

9. Strengthen the monitoring of essential health services

10. Use digital platforms to support essential health service delivery

The full Guidance can be downloaded here:

https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-2019-nCoV-essential-health-s...

These ten principles provide are explored in the first half of the Guidance, while the second half looks at issues specific to life course and disease areas.

To take this discussion forward to promote cross-country learning, I would like to invite all to share your views and experience by email to:

hifa@hifaforums.org

The more we share, the more our discussion will be valuable to others.

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, WHO-HIFA Collaboration: HIFA project on Essential Health Services and COVID-19

https://www.hifa.org/projects/essential-health-services-and-covid-19

Let's build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare information - Join HIFA: www.hifa.org

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages in collaboration with WHO. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org