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  • April 10, 2017

    Health closer to home: transforming care in the Solomon Islands

    (Feature story originally posted by the World Health Organization: http://who.int/features/2017/health-solomon-islands/en/)  Imagine spending your entire weekly food budget on an hours-long truck ride along a bumpy, dusty dirt road in tropical heat to reach the nearest hospital. Now imagine doing it pregnant. Six times. That’s the journey Judith Olivia has made to deliver each of her children, from the remote village of Malatoha in the Solomon Islands to the National Referral Hospital in the capital, Honiara. The closest health clinic to Malatoha is six hours’ walk away, in the town of Belaha, but Ms Olivia says she feels safer in the hands of doctors in Honiara. "If there was a doctor at Belaha clinic, I would go there to have my children," she says. "It's much easier for me to go there, but right now I’m not confident that the health workers ...

  • March 16, 2017

    IFMSA hosts Youth Caucus on NCDs and adopts the Budva Youth Declaration: A Call to Action on Noncommunicable Diseases

    Blog originally posted by the International Federation of Medical Students Association on https://ifmsa.org/2017/03/16/ifmsa-hosts-youth-caucus-ncds-adopts-budva-youth-declaration-call-action-noncommunicable-diseases/  Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) represent one of the greatest health threats of our century. NCDs are responsible for around 70% of the worlds deaths, of which more than 40% are premature. In IFMSA, we find it crucial to take urgent action to prevent and control NCDs, to ensure our health systems can appropriately manage and treat patients and it is imperative that medical students are trained in all aspects of this increasingly critical challenge of our generation. Last week, IFMSA hosted an NCD Youth Caucus in Budva, Montenegro, engaging medical students from all parts of the world to increase awareness and encourage advocacy and meaningful youth participation at all levels of society. The NCD Youth Caucus was an official pre-dialogue meeting prior to the Global Dialogue meeting organized by the WHO Noncommunicable ...

  • March 13, 2017

    Advancing Health through Attention to Gender, Equity and Human Rights

    Attention to gender, equity and human rights can advance health. But the question is: how can this be done? How can health programmes consider the concerns and experiences of women, men, girls and boys from diverse groups as an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes? Health programmes are increasingly recognizing that one-size-fits-all does not deliver benefits equitably to all population groups and that in some cases inequity may even be exacerbated. Programmes have also learned that attention to gender, equity and human rights is crucial for sustaining achievements in health and development. In this photo story, see how making gender, equity and human rights everyone’s responsibility is reshaping the way health policies and programmes are developed and implemented to benefit women, men, girls and boys across the Western Pacific Region. Read the photo story

  • March 13, 2017

    The contribution of integrated people-centered health services to ensuring UHC, the right to health, and leaving no one behind in the SDG era

    There is a need to ensure that the voices of the most vulnerable populations are included on the path to universal health coverage. This requires an integrated and people-centred approach in how health services are planned, delivered, monitored and evaluated. Strategies that focus on engaging and empowering underserved and marginalized subpopulations are essential to inform policy and decision-makers on how they can improve access to quality health services and financial protection for disadvantaged subpopulations and address broader societal goals such as equity, social justice, solidarity, and social cohesion. These were some of the key messages to come out of a session on the “WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services: reaching out to vulnerable populations” that took place on 29 January at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The session was hosted by the WHO/Headquarters Service Delivery and Safety Department, in collaboration with the WHO/Headquarters Gender ...

  • Feb. 17, 2017

    Making People-Centered Health Services a Reality in Zambia

    Originally posted by Paula Quigley, Partner and Technical Lead for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), Health Partners International on https://www.mhtf.org/2017/01/03/making-people-centered-health-services-a-reality-in-zambia/. The challenge With the new era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the accompanying Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), there is an increasing emphasis on health systems that are patient-centered, holistic and integrated rather than vertically-driven and aim to reduce inequity by serving the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach populations—all very laudable objectives indeed; but do health systems have the capacity to deliver results? Although there have been many efforts to improve capacity related to the key building blocks of health systems, such as sufficiently qualified staff and managers, functional equipment, reliable medicines and supplies and adequate data collection, there has often been insufficient attention to building appropriate capacity within the health system ...

  • Jan. 16, 2017

    First steering meeting for the IntegratedCare4People web platform

    On 28-30 November in Granada, Spain, IPCHS stakeholders gathered for the first Steering Meeting of the IntegratedCare4People web platform to identify strategies and commit to a workplan. WHO and its collaborating centre the Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP) organized the meeting, which was attended by WHO Regional Offices, technical experts and other stakeholders. Participants discussed strong strategic positioning and clear articulation of the value of the knowledge platform, and how to support broader outreach of its work. A one-year workplan is being finalized with participants demonstrating commitment to its implementation.    

  • Jan. 16, 2017

    Resilient and responsive systems can provide integrated, people-centred services

    Integrated people-centred services are a key feature of resilient and responsive health systems. This theme emerged strongly during debates during the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver, Canada on 14-18 November. The theme of the symposium was “Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world” and it was evident that  resilient and responsive health systems are those which provide integrated, people-centred services and have a focus on primary health care as the frontline of routine services and outbreak response. Resilient health systems were recognized as operating from the end-users and patients back, and not from the organisation forwards.   Read the Vancouver Statement for the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: http://healthsystemsresearch.org/hsr2016/wp-content/uploads/Vancouver-Statement-FINAL.pdf   

  • Jan. 16, 2017

    Integrated People-Centred Health Services: a key feature on Universal Health Coverage Day

    Reforming health services to be integrated and people-centred must be a core element of strategic efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This was a key message to come out of the UHC Day 2016 Geneva public event on 12 December, at the end of day one of the UHC2030 meeting. The event was organised by the International Health Partnership for UHC 2030, the World Health Organization, the World Bank Group, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Save the Children. Over 250 guests attended this event from governments, UN agencies, civil society, academia and the private sector, all contributing to a memorable evening, which highlighted the range of ambition and commitment to achieve UHC, and also some of the challenges that countries face. Key stakeholders presented several messages about Integrated People-Centred Health Services and it was clear that IPCHS is a strong part of the UHC agenda, bringing coherency ...

  • Dec. 1, 2016

    Launch of the WHO Global Learning Laboratory for Quality UHC at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

    On 14 November 2016 the WHO Service Delivery and Safety Department launched the Global Learning Laboratory (GLL) for Quality Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in a world café satellite session at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver, Canada. Colleagues from across the globe discussed questions and engaged fellow participants on four topics: national quality policy & strategy; quality interventions, monitoring & research; and resilience & health security – all in the context of advancing quality of care in countries working toward UHC. WHO Service Delivery and Safety Director, Dr Ed Kelley, opened the session emphasizing the spirit of the lab focused on mutual learning . Dr Shams Syed described the purpose of the GLL, highlighting the importance of the share-challenge-spark triad. USAID ASSIST colleagues Lani Marquez and Nancy Dixon oversaw the world café that engaged participants. Many ideas were presented and discussed at the event, which are being synthesized to feed into ...

  • Nov. 7, 2016

    Patient and community engagement in Oman’s national health plan

    When a country is developing a five-year national health plan, patients, families and communities ideally need to be at the centre of planning and implementation. But how do you go about making sure this actually happens? The Patients for Patient Safety (PFPS) group within the Service Delivery and Safety Department at WHO Headquarters, in collaboration with the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, undertook a joint mission to Oman during 23-27 October with health professionals, policy makers and administrators. This was to raise awareness on the importance of patient, family and community empowerment and engagement as a part of the efforts to support the implementation of the WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services, and to contribute to a roadmap to help guide the five-year strategic national plan on patient safety and quality improvement. The team visited two public hospitals in Muscat and ran six focus groups with healthcare professionals from ...