EHS-COVID (83) WHO: Continuity of essential health services: Facility assessment tool

22 November, 2020

WHO has just published 'Continuity of essential health services: Facility assessment tool'.

Below are extracts from the description and a comment from me.


The Continuity of essential health services: Facility Assessment Tool can be used by countries to rapidly assess the capacity of health facilities to maintain the provision of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can help to alert the authorities and other stakeholders about where service delivery and utilization may require modification and/or investment. This assessment tool covers the following aspects of essential health services [...]

The tool can be used in multiple types of health facilities. It can be used once to provide a rapid snapshot of current service capacity, or on a regular basis for tracking and monitoring the continuity of essential health services during the different phases of the pandemic.


Potential users of this assessment tool include:

- national and subnational health authorities;

- national and subnational COVID-19 incident management teams;

- facility managers; and

- WHO and other partners...

This tool can help to answer the following questions related to the provision of essential health care [...]

This tool can be used from the early stages of an emergency to recovery and continuity after recovery.

Comment (NPW): I would like to invite HIFA members to review this tool and provide feedback. Do you see any challenges in implementing the tool? How does it relate to the broader WHO Guidance (Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context, 2020)?

Best wishes, Neil

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

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