EHS-COVID (45) Maintaining Essential Health Services during COVID - Co-learning

14 November, 2020

Dear Colleagues –

Really glad to be participating in this HIFA and WHO collaboration to promote sharing of experience and expertise around the maintenance of essential health services during (and importantly after) the pandemic.

My name is Shams Syed and I lead the Quality Team in the Department of Integrated Health Services at WHO Headquarters. https://www.linkedin.com/in/shams-syed-6535609/

Have had the privilege of shaping the WHO COVID-19 Health Services Learning Hub (HLH) through which this collaboration has unfolded.

As you will have seen, the discussions are focused around sharing of experience and expertise around the maintenance of essential health services during the pandemic. What I am particularly appreciative of is that this is being done in a spirit of solidarity and co-development and that the discussion is multilingual.

Some important questions are starting us off…

Q1. How has COVID-19 affected the delivery of essential health services in your health facility or country?

Q2. What has been the impact of health service disruptions on the health and wellbeing of people in your health facility or country?

Q3. What have you, your health facility or country done to maintain essential health services?

Q4. Which groups are especially vulnerable to health service disruptions? How can we ensure they are protected at this time?

Q5. The WHO Guidance offers ten principles to maintain essential health services. Which principle is especially important to you and why?

All starts on Monday and can’t wait to hear the wisdom emerge from all corners of the world over the next 4 week…

Let us be bold and remember that information can save lives!!

In solidarity.

Shams

Dr Shams B. Syed

Quality Team Lead

Department of Integrated Health Services

Division of UHC and Life Course

World Health Organization

20 Avenue Appia 1211 Geneva 27

Office: +41 (0)22 7915562

Web: www.who.int

HIFA profile: Shams Syed is the Quality Team Lead within the Department of Integrated Health Services in the UHC & Life Course Division at WHO Headquarters in Geneva. He is a member of the HIFA working group on Essential Health Services and COVID-19. https://www.hifa.org/support/members/shams https://www.hifa.org/projects/essential-health-services-and-covid-19 syeds AT who.int