EHS-COVID (489) WHO: Presentation of Preliminary Results of 2021 Assessment on NCD Service Disruption during COVID-19 Pandemic

2 December, 2021

This PowerPoint presentation reveals the prioprities expressed by countries. It's notable that they are almost all directly related to HIFA: how to produce, synthesise, package, make accessible, interpret, and apply information.

Ask 1: Guidance on how to provide continuity for NCD programmes:

• How to include NCDs in public health emergencies protocols?

• How to develop national NCDs tool kits for use in emergencies?

• How to provide ambulatory essential NCD services during lockdown?

• How to provide medical care for NCDs through telemedicine and digital solutions?

• Technical, including digital, tools to promote self-care for those with NCDs who can’t access services.

• How to prioritize which services to restart and when?

• Updated guidance on management of NCDs reflecting the stage of the pandemic.

Ask 2: Guidance on managing COVID and NCDs comorbidity:

• Guidelines on COVID vaccination protocols for those with NCD comorbidities

• How to provide appropriate treatment for COVID patients with NCD comorbidities?

• How to protect people living with NCDs? (e.g. clinical guidelines, drug interactions)?

• Algorithms for managing patients with chronic NCDs in a pandemic and limited access to medical care

• Guidance on how to prioritize NCDs after the COVID pandemic has been managed

Ask 3: Better data...

Ask 4: Country support

• Provide training (especially online training) for policy makers on how to include NCDs into national COVID-19 plans

• Provide training for WHO Country Offices and UN Country Teams on how to include NCDs into national COVID-19 plans

• Provide technical assistance to adapt HEARTS and WHO-PEN packages to the COVID-19 context

• Provide clinical definitions and indicators for COVID and NCD comorbidity

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,