• Jan. 23, 2018

    Learning from Ireland: expanding the role of nurses and midwives to improve health outcomes

    (Originally posted on WHO Regional Office for Europe website:  In a move to better meet patient needs and expand access to health services, Ireland has made it possible for nurses and midwives to prescribe medicinal products. Primary health-care providers across the WHO European Region are under great pressure to provide high-quality, patient-centred care, despite heavy workloads and the ever-growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). In some countries, such as Ireland, these challenges have triggered changes in the health workforce. As of April 2016, a total of 894 nurses and midwives in the country were registered to prescribe medicinal products. This includes 193 advanced nurse practitioners in 53 specialties and 8 advanced midwife practitioners in 6 specialties, all registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. It is not necessary to be an advanced practitioner to ...

  • Jan. 23, 2018

    Tokyo Declaration on UHC reiterates importance of people-centred health services

    The Tokyo Declaration on Universal Health Coverage was issued at the global forum on UHC held from 12-15 December in Tokyo, Japan. The declaration reiterated the importance of “providing all people with access to high-quality, integrated, people-centred health services”, particularly in supporting target 3.8 of the SDGs. The forum was hosted by the Government of Japan, World Bank, World Health Organization, UNICEF, UHC2030 and JICA. Read the Tokyo Declaration on Universal Health Coverage:   Global Forum on Universal Health Coverage:  

  • Nov. 28, 2017

    Call for abstracts: 18th International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC18)

    Abstracts on the science, knowledge and adoption of integrated care are currently being accepted for the 18th International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC18) taking place 23-25 May 2018 in Urecht, Netherlands. All accepted abstracts will be published in the International Journal of Integrated Care (Impact Factor 2.230), and will appear in the programme as a formal oral presentation, workshop, oral poster or display poster, as deemed appropriate by the scientific committee. All accepted abstracts will be considered for the annual IFIC Integrated Care Awards.  Abstract submission should focus on one of the specific thematic areas: - Value-Based Integrated Care- Population Health Management- Engaging and Empowering People and Communities- Funding Integrated Care- Vulnerable Populations and Populations at Risk- Primary Care in an Integrated System Deadline for submissions: 15 December For more information on ICIC 18 and abstract submission guidelines, please visit:

  • Nov. 6, 2017

    New online version of the TDR implementation research toolkit now available

    (Original news article published by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases:  The second edition of the TDR implementation research toolkit is now available in a new online version. This version goes deeper into the content, incorporates new learning, as well as feedback from the more than 200 researchers, academics, disease control programme managers, policy-makers, health administrators, communication specialists and journalists who have used the original version since 2014. The toolkit helps people learn a standard process that can lead to results that can be compared across regions and countries. It is designed to help identify system bottlenecks and the stakeholders to be involved in the process, formulate appropriate research questions, conduct the research and develop a plan for implementing the study results. What’s newThe implementation research toolkit is now in a self-learning format, unlike the ...

  • Nov. 6, 2017

    New case studies from the Social Innovation for Health Initiative

    (Original news article published by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases:  The Social Innovation for Health Initiative (SIHI) has published a new report on case studies of social innovations. Social innovation in health: case studies and lessons learned from low- and middle-income countries, is a publication of collaborative case study research conducted by SIHI partners. The summaries of the 23 case studies display the diversity of approaches social innovations have taken to address grassroots health challenges. The insights and lessons learned cast light on the valuable role social innovation can play in strengthening health systems in low- and middle-income countries. It analyses the factors involved and highlights areas that require further study to advance social innovation in health, strengthen health systems and contribute to universal health coverage. Spearheaded by TDR (the Special Programme for Research and ...

  • Oct. 25, 2017

    Launch of WHO Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE)

    As people grow older, their health needs are likely to become more complex and chronic. Yet most health systems are better designed to address acute health conditions and often operate independently of long-term-care systems, which can lead to poorer outcomes. The WHO Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) programme has developed new guidelines on community-level interventions to manage declines in intrinsic capacity (ICOPE) that provide evidence-based recommendations for health care professionals to prevent, slow or reverse declines in the physical and mental capacities of older people. These recommendations require countries to place the needs and preferences of older adults at the centre and to coordinate care. The ICOPE Guidelines will allow countries to improve the health and well-being of their older populations, and to move closer to the achievement of universal health coverage for all at all ages. To download the guidelines and for more information, please visit: http://www ...

  • Oct. 23, 2017

    Blog: Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV through quality improvement and health systems strengthening

    Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV through quality improvement and health systems strengthening By Kehinde Balogun    “There are four prongs of quality and four ways to improve quality of product and service: innovation in product and service; innovation in process; improvement of existing product and service; improvement of existing process” – Edwards W. Deming   The context: I currently work as a Quality Improvement Specialist on the SUSTAIN Project. The main focus of the project is prevention, care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. As the implementing body of the SUSTAIN project in Nigeria,   Caritas Nigeria operates with health partners and faith-based health care centres across the country to improve the livelihood of people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. A component of the prevention programme is the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). The story: Some months ago, while reviewing performance data on PMTCT in some of ...

  • Sept. 27, 2017

    WHO/Europe call for "Stories from the field"

    Stories from the Field is a special news series devoted to profiling innovations in health services delivery across the WHO European Region. The stories recognize the work and achievements of individuals, teams, organizations, patients and health professionals who have found ways to improve services to serve people and populations better.The stories are intended to inspire managers and health professionals to engage in the transformation of health services. If you have a story you would like to share with us, please contact the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care at

  • Sept. 26, 2017

    Request for proposals: Primary health care research and implementation in low and middle income countries to accelerate improvement

    In collaboration with The Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (“the Alliance”) at the World Health Organization, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ariadne Labs is developing a Primary Health Care Measurement and Implementation Research Consortium. This Consortium will bring together researchers and policy makers from multiple disciplines representing academic institutions, government agencies, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations to accelerate progress in primary health care (PHC) research in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). The Research Consortium is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to develop a report on the gaps in measurement and improvement and approaches to address these knowledge gaps in one of four areas critical to effective PHC in these settings.  These priority areas were identified during an expert stakeholders meeting and are: Quality, safety, and performance management; PHC policies and governance; Organization and models of ...

  • Sept. 25, 2017

    Launch of new WHO and UNICEF "Network for improving quality of care for maternal, newborn and child health (Quality of Care Network)"

    WHO and UNICEF have launched a new "Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (Quality of Care Network)". The vision of the Quality of Care Network is that every pregnant woman, newborn and child receives good quality care in health services, with the ambitious goal to halve maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths in health facilities within five years in the participating countries. The Quality of Care Network is underpinned by the values of quality, equity and dignity. It will look at quality of care both in the way it is delivered by health workers, and experienced by patients.What will the Network do? Focus on national leadership by strengthening national and district governance quality of care structures, and helping develop national plans and advocacy strategies for improving quality of care. Accelerate action by adapting and adopting WHO’s eight Standards for improving quality of ...