The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the capacity of health systems to deliver essential health services. All around the world health services are being disrupted across all areas: child health maternal health, diagnosis and management of cancer and cardiovascular disease, and non-COVID emergency services. It is critical to maintain preventive and curative services, especially for the most vulnerable populations.
On behalf of HIFA and WHO, I welcome you to Day 1 of our thematic discussion here on the HIFA forum. This week we invite you to explore the key question:
Q1: HOW HAS COVID-19 AFFECTED THE DELIVERY OF ESSENTIAL HEALTH SERVICES IN YOUR HEALTH FACILITY OR COUNTRY?
We look forward to hear and learn from your experience. You may like to talk about your personal experience, or perhaps someone you know (a friend, a patient) who has been affected by disruption in services. Or you may choose to describe how the pandemic has impacted your health facility and your colleagues.
We are especially keen to promote cross-country learning. Each of us may know much about what is happening in our own country, but little about what is happening in other countries - please do share what is happening in your country so that others may learn.
As always, the email address is: email@example.com
Thank you all for sharing your observations in a spirit of solidarity and co-development.
Best wishes, Neil
Coordinator, WHO-HIFA Collaboration: HIFA project on Essential Health Services and COVID-19
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