EHS-COVID (92) Adaptation of WHO guidelines (2)

24 November, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

A few minutes ago I forwarded a new paper on adaptation of WHO guidelines. I note this paper is part of a wider study of WHO guidelines described here:

Wang Z, Grundy Q, Parker L, Bero L. Health promoter, advocate, legitimiser — the many roles of WHO guidelines: a qualitative study. Health Res Policy Syst. 2019;17(1):96.

This broader paper concludes that 'Packaging future WHO guidelines with operationalising guidance and producing multiple versions for the variety of WHO’s audiences would likely help the guidelines fulfil their roles more


This all seems salient in the context of our current thematic discussion on Essential Health Services and COVID-19. This discussion is based on the WHO publication 'Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the

COVID-19 context'.

I would like to invite HIFA members to address the question: To what extent is this guidance practical and feasible for implementation in your country or your facility? What are the challenges in formulating policy as national or facility level? How can this process be better supported?

Best wishes, Neil

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

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