• Sept. 22, 2017

    Call for applications: ISQua Emerging Leader Programme

    The International Society for Quality in Health Care is offering applicants from developing countries or countries with economies in transition, an opportunity to apply for its Emerging Leaders Programme 2017 - 2018. Training and supporting emerging leaders from Low or Lower Middle Income Coutries (LMICs) is a means of advancing quality and safety in healthcare in those countries through geometric progression. Strategically placed leaders have a capacity to transfer knowledge, ideas and skills to groups of those they are in a position to influence who in turn may transfer knowledge to extended groups. Each year, one applicant will be chosen by our Committee as the Emerging Leader. This year for the first time the successful candidate may have the opportunity of being hosted as an Intern in the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. The Emerging Leader Programme will be tailored for the successful candidate and they will also be ...

  • Sept. 15, 2017

    Lancet Commission on the future of health in sub-Saharan Africa: “People-centred health systems are the way forward”

    “A framework shift is needed to deliver better health outcomes through people-centred health systems, with a focus on prevention, primary care and public health” is a key message in a new report by the Lancet Commission on the Future of Health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Action towards this will contribute to the vision of the Commission that by 2030, Africans should have the same opportunities for long and healthy lives that new technologies, well-functioning health systems, and good governance offer people living on other continents. Read full report:    

  • Sept. 7, 2017

    Launch of new community of practice on change management

    One of the greatest challenges for healthcare is transforming services to suit the needs of patients and to improve delivery of care. The concept of integrated care is not new, but to achieve fully integrated care pathway for patients, transformation is essential. Change management is a key skill required for any individual trying to improve and change the way a healthcare system currently operates. Change is disruptive, inconvenient and people are not happy moving from their comfort zones and “what already works”. The aim of this community of practice for change management is to support colleagues and share experiences in implementing new healthcare services and technology, or changing the way care is currently delivered. The CoP is a support tool for those who have specific questions on change management, but is also a platform for sharing experiences and challenges. It will be a place to celebrate success and to share ...

  • Sept. 7, 2017

    Photo story: Transforming primary care services in Kazakhstan

    (Original article published by WHO Regional Office for Europe) Kazakhstan is on track to achieve the global target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025. Currently, however, it has one of the highest rates of premature mortality in the WHO European Region. In 2013, the main causes of years of life lost due to premature death in Kazakhstan were ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and self-harm. Dietary risks, high systolic blood pressure and high body mass index are the highest ranked risk factors for disease burden, measured in disability-adjusted life years. To tackle this burden of non-communicable diseases, Kazakhstan is investing in the transformation of its primary care services to become more people-centred and integrated. For the full photo story, please visit the WHO Regional Office for Europe webpage:   

  • Sept. 7, 2017

    African Health Ministers commit to attain universal health coverage

    (Original article published by WHO Regional Office for Africa:  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 30 August 2017 - African health ministers meeting in Zimbabwe for the 67th Session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee have adopted a range of actions intended to strengthen health systems in countries and eventually lead to Universal Health Coverage (UHC). UHC means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. It enables everyone to access the services that address the most important causes of disease and death, and ensures that these services are of sufficient quality to be effective. UHC is the eighth target under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 that was adopted in September 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly to guide global development by 2030. To achieve UHC, WHO advises Member States to build strong and resilient health systems ...

  • Sept. 7, 2017

    Call for Research Papers: UHC, innovation and population aging in LMICs

    This call for papers is jointly organised by the journal Health Policy and Planning and the WHO Kobe Centre for Health and Development (WKC), with the support of the WHO Health Workforce Department, WHO Service Delivery Department, and the WHO Ageing and Life course Department. It is financially supported by the WHO Kobe Center.  The title of the supplement is: "Meeting the health, welfare and social care needs of older people in low and middle income countries (LMICS) through innovations and enhanced human capital". “Inviting empirical research on innovations in meeting the health, welfare and social needs of older populations in low and middle income countries, and relevant research from high-income countries that is transferable across settings (with use of technology as a particular cross-cutting theme).” Papers speaking to each of the sub themes listed below will be targeted. · The design, organisation, and financing of health and social care systems ...

  • July 26, 2017

    Photo essay: extending health coverage in hard-to-reach areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with Nigeria, bears 40% of the global malaria burden. This preventable and curable illness, along with pneumonia and diarrhoea, can be deadly for children under 5 if treatment is not available. In DRC's remote Tanganyika Province, WHO's Rapid Access Expansion Programme is helping the Ministry of Public Health to train and support community health workers to diagnose and treat these diseases and decrease preventable child deaths.   View the photo essay here.

  • July 10, 2017

    Innovations from BRICS countries on people-centred health reforms at 70th World Health Assembly

    On 24 May at the 70th World Health Assembly, a group of large emerging economies referred to as the “BRICS countries” – which includes Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa – convened at a side event sponsored by China. The aim: to share experiences and innovations on people-centred reforms as a cornerstone to making progress towards universal health coverage, using the WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services as a basis for discussion. The countries have made progress towards universal health coverage over the years, improving access to quality health services while also lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. With this, they have amassed a wealth of experience on service delivery reforms from which other countries can draw valuable lessons. Full text available on WHO website.

  • July 10, 2017

    WHO launches Global Service Delivery Network for universal health coverage

    A global network aimed at supporting the implementation of the WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services (IPCHS) has been established by the WHO Service Delivery and Safety Department. The WHO Global Service Delivery Network (GSDN) was launched on 20 June in Almaty, Kazakhstan, alongside the first Primary Health Care Advisory Group meeting to the WHO Regional Director/EURO and WHO inter-regional hospitals meeting. The first meeting of the GSDN took place on 22 June and convened an initial group of network members representing professional associations, civil society groups and other non-governmental organizations including: International Council of Nurses (ICN) International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) International Patients Alliance Organization (IAPO) International Hospital Federation (IHF) Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) World Family Doctor (WONCA) World Public Health Association (WPHA) Network members had the opportunity to meet, discuss and provide input on ways of moving the network forward. The WHO Global ...

  • July 10, 2017

    New WHO advisory group launched in Almaty to shape the future of primary health care

    Experts convened in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 20–21 June 2017 for the inaugural meeting of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group. The WHO Regional Director for Europe launched the Advisory Group to advance primary health care in the WHO European Region. At its first meeting, the Advisory Group engaged in discussions on the readiness and responsiveness of primary health care to embrace future health and social needs. The need for transformation and new relationships In her opening remarks, WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab thanked the Government of Kazakhstan for its generosity and leadership, which has made possible unique platforms such as the Advisory Group. The WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care, which is hosted in Almaty by the Government of Kazakhstan, is the Secretariat of the Advisory Group. Dr Jakab reminded participants of the essence of the visionary Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978, which emphasized the need ...