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Oct. 26, 2020 Global Publication

Why the biopsychosocial model needs to be the underpinning philosophy in rehabilitation pathways for patients recovering from COVID-19

The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has left many consequences, both social and health, on a social and individual level. In the face of individual sequelae, the need to address this need for care with an integrative approach becomes more important.The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has left many consequences, both social and health, on a social and individual level. In the face of individual sequelae, the need to address this need for care with an integrative approach becomes more important.

"For patients recovering from COVID-19, it will be impossible to separate the person and their personal circumstances from COVID-19, and to regard physical, psychological and social factors as independent entities. For this reason, we argue that the BPS model is needed with even more reason than before, and that it should be the philosophy of care to underpin rehabilitation in the recovery from COVID-19".

Oct. 20, 2020 Africa Publication

Why communities must be at the centre of the Coronavirus disease 2019 response: Lessons from Ebola and human immunodeficiency virus in Africa

As the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has spread globally, with no effective treatment or vaccine yet available, governments in many countries have put in place social interventions to control the outbreak. Communities are complex and only their members can inform public health experts about their lived realities, the community’s understanding of the outbreak and what will work locally to reduce transmission. 

Oct. 19, 2020 Europe Publication

Can Integrated Care Help in Meeting the Challenges Posed on Our Health Care Systems by COVID-19? Some Preliminary Lessons Learned from the European VIGOUR Project

The COVID-19 pandemic puts health and care systems under pressure globally. This current paper highlights challenges arising in the care for older and vulnerable populations in this context and reflects upon possible perspectives for different systems making use of nested integrated care approaches adapted during the work of the EU-funded project VIGOUR (“Evidence based Guidance to Scale-up Integrated Care in Europe”).

Oct. 16, 2020

A reflection on the development of Integrated Health Services Networks in the Americas

In October 2009, the 49th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) approved the resolution “Integrated Networks of Health Services based on Primary Health Care” (IHSDN). The approval of this resolution formalized the commitment of the countries of the Americas to advance in the creation, development, and strengthening of IHSDNs in the Region, and constitutes until today a cooperation mandate for PAHO.

The resolution was accompanied by an important position paper called “Integrated Health Services Networks. Concepts, policy options and roadmap” published in May 2010. This document provided an action guide to implement the IHSDN, including a new definition of fourteen attributes grouped into four categories (care model, governance and strategy, organization and management, and allocation and incentives) to be met by integrated service networks. The importance of this is that the attributes offered leaders, managers, researchers, and those interested in general in this matter, a clear ...

Sept. 30, 2020 Europe Event

Telemonitoring and continuity of care for older subjects: comparing experience an identifying common solutions

The COVID19 pandemic highlighted some structural – organizational and cultural – limitations of our dominant model of (health)care. One of these is the need to identify and adopt newer instruments for the continuity of care for the large number of patients with chronic disease who live in low-density population areas  (200 million or 27% of EU population) and experience inequality to access (health)care because of the distance between community and healthcare structures. Notably, the onset of multimorbidity occurs 10–15 years earlier in people living in the most deprived areas compared with the most a?uent.

The Workshop aims at facilitating knowledge acquisition (including existing Projects and adopted solutions) and at fostering collaboration and standardization of best practice, including health literacy and patients and caregivers empowerment, in order to impact on the adoption of innovative digital solutions able to boost people's health and quality of life and enable more ...

Sept. 21, 2020 Africa Publication

Community engagement for successful COVID-19 pandemic response: 10 lessons from Ebola outbreak responses in Africa

During public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 Public Health Emergency of International Concern, communities are often poorly involved in the planning and implementation of interventions, yet their commitment is fundamental to control outbreaks. Given the experience of responding to Ebola epidemics in Africa, it is imperative that communities must be accountable to the response to COVID-19. Health actors and authorities must co-construct solutions to address COVID-19 with community leaders and communities. 

Sept. 17, 2020 Global Publication

Health care for chronic neurological patients after COVID-19

Covid-19 has hit the world population hard. Its effects continue to arise at the community and individual level. However, recovered patients, who had a relatively long stay in the ICU due to the complications of the disease, present and will present very diverse sequelae: post-traumatic stress, transient cognitive alterations and neurological alterations. This article-commentary shows how the health system should reformulate certain priorities for the care of the neurological sequelae of the pandemic at the individual level.

Aug. 31, 2020 Global Publication

From Crisis to Coordination: Challenges and Opportunities for Integrated Care posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has accentuated the stark reality that, despite the efforts of the past 20 years, there remains a continued failure to embrace integrated care systems. It has also demonstrated how quickly systems, organisations and individuals can change, if they must. The uptake in telehealth, eHealth and other technological support systems is unprecedented, even though only a couple of months ago this was unthinkable on a broad scale in many countries. The swiftness of multi-disciplinary teams coming together to find flexible solutions to the day-today challenges during lockdown has shown how we can achieve effective communication and collaboration.

Aug. 25, 2020 South-East Asia Publication

COVID-19 care in India: the course to self-reliance

Many times we think of the integration of health systems as an urgent need. However, there are cases (and realities) where it is necessary to centralize to homogenize the action in the face of a crisis such as the SARS-CoV2 pandemic. The public health response to COVID-19 in India has been highly centralised, resulting in a homogenous strategy applied across a sixth of the world’s population.

Aug. 6, 2020 Global, Western Pacific Publication

Realising the value of integrated care in Australia beyond

PROFESSOR NICK GOODWIN, Director, Central Coast Research Institute for Integrated Care, University of Newcastle and Central Coast LHD. Co-Founder, International Foundation for Integrated Care

 

Over the past decade there has been a growing realisation of the need to reform health and care systems in Australia to better coordinate care, improve quality and promote value.

For example, recent reports such as the 2017 Productivity Commission’s Shifting the Dial and the 2018 CSIRO report Future of Health criticised the existing disease-based, episodic, medicallydominated and institutionally- led characteristics of the Australian health system as being unable to respond effectively to the new challenges of age-related chronic illnesses and the very high percentage of Australians living in ill-health.

A more person-centred and integrated approach was required, including a shift in funding away from rewarding volume to incentivising value, empowering consumers, addressing health inequality, unlocking the value of digital health, and building integrated care ...

July 30, 2020 Americas, Western Pacific Event

Webinar: Integrated care in Latin America and the Caribbean beyond COVID-19

The challenges posed by COVID-19 present an opportunity to rethink fragmented health and dependency care systems so that they are integrated, driven by individuals and communities, and resilient to future systemic crises.

The speed and scale of response required by the COVID-19 pandemic shows how fragmentation in the health and dependency care systems significantly impairs their effective response capacity. The provision of health services and long-term care is generally compartmentalized. Inpatient and outpatient care is often separated from primary, rehabilitative, and home care that are provided after patients leave the hospital. There is also no integration with the long-term care provided to people with functional dependency.

During this webinar, IFIC’s very own Dr. Edelweiss Aldasoro will present an overview of integrated care and the recent IFIC report “Realising the true value of Integrated Care: Beyond COVID-19“.  After this presentation, practice-based examples that allow for better care linking, coordination and ...

July 29, 2020 Global Event

Integrated Care in Latin America, cornerstone of the new reality: Atención Integrada en Iberoamérica piedra angular de la nueva realidad

In this webinar hosted in Spanish, we want to identify and share emerging integrated care practices to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ibero-America, as well as discuss new opportunities in the integration of health services and systems in the future.

Wednesday August 05/Miércoles 05 de Agosto
Hora: 11:00 h (Costa Rica) 12:00 h (Colombia, Mexico), 13:00 h (Bolivia, Chile), 14:00 h (Argentina, Uruguay), 19:00 h (España)

La actual pandemia de COVID-19 ha impactado rápidamente nuestras vidas, particularmente, está creando un desafío sin precedentes para nuestros sistemas de salud y sociales en todo el mundo. En este contexto todos los países están tomando numerosas medidas para responder a las necesidades de atención urgente de las personas afectadas por COVID-19, al mismo tiempo que intentan reducir al máximo el impacto entre los grupos vulnerables.

La Fundación ...

July 28, 2020 Global Publication

COVID-19 and Older Persons: A Defining Moment for an Informed, Inclusive and Targeted Response

As the world grapples with an unparalleled health crisis, POLICY BRIEF NO68 older persons have become one of its more visible victims. The pandemic spreads among persons of all ages and conditions, yet available evidence indicates that older persons and those with underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of serious illness and death from the COVID-19 disease. This brief has presented the distinct situation of older persons during the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights how older persons encounter specifc challenges that need to be understood and integrated into policy measures related to COVID-19. 

July 28, 2020 Americas Publication

COVID-19: General recommendations for the care of older persons from a human rights perspective

Older people may be more likely to experience complications during the COVID-19 pandemic, so this paper provides recommendations for the care of this social group from a human rights perspective, which can be applied in the home, community and long-term care facilities. These recommendations were drawn up on the basis of good practices in countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region and beyond.

July 28, 2020 Global Publication

Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on older persons

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world. As the virus spreads rapidly to developing countries, likely overwhelming health and social protection systems, the mortality rate for older persons could climb even higher. Efforts to protect older persons should not overlook the many variations within this category, their incredible resilience and positivity, and the multiple roles they have in society, including as caregivers, volunteers and community leaders.

COVID-19 recovery is an opportunity to set the stage for a more inclusive, equitable and age-friendly society.

July 27, 2020 Americas Multimedia

Navigating COVID-19: Supporting Individuals With Dementia And Their Caregivers

The current COVID-19 emergency presents new and unique challenges for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (ADRD) as well as the family and friends providing care for them.

Providers and health plans can play a key role in supporting individuals with ADRD and their caregivers as they navigate these challenges. This webinar provided information on how COVID-19 affects and presents in people with ADRD, strategies for family and friend caregivers for supporting those with ADRD living at home during COVID-19, and opportunities for health care systems to prepare to meet the needs of people with ADRD diagnosed with COVID-19.

 
Featured Speakers:
  • Freddi Segal-Gidan, PA, PhD; Director, USC-Rancho California Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CADC), Assistant Professor Clinical Neurology and Family Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Joseph Herrera, MSW; Director, Outreach and Education, USC-Rancho CADC
  • Jennifer Schlesinger, MPH, CHES; Director, Professional Training and Healthcare Services, Alzheimer’s ...

July 8, 2020 Europe Publication

Supporting older people in remote areas in a post COVID-19 time

The COVID-19 pandemic, like other disasters, undermines older people´s capacity and chances of survival as a result especially of emergency induced mental health and psychological problems, and the breakdown in services for preventing and treating chronic conditions and for providing social support. Furthermore, maintaining relationships is often identified by older people as central to their wellbeing, but social distancing has transformed the lives of everyone in society and has changed relationships and personal contact as well. Here, we set out how the COVID-19 pandemic affects older people in remote areas specifically.

July 6, 2020 Europe Event

Care during and beyond the COVID-19 Crisis: Workforce Capacity and Capability

Health and care workers are our greatest asset, working alongside family carers, community partners and local networks of support. However, without reforms, sustaining the workforce is also one of our greatest challenges. Core competencies for integrated care are highly relational: patient advocacy, communication, interdisciplinary working, people-centred care, and continuous learning. Leading and managing transformational change is a collective responsibility and sustainable improvements will only take place if a flexible approach to driving the change is embedded. Enabling individuals and the system to be their own change agents will create an environment that can effectively respond to the continuous evolution of communities and populations alongside being able to harness the potential of innovations and new ways of working. The current pandemic has stretched our workforce beyond what we could have imagined. They have stepped up by extending scope of practice, blurring roles to support each other, and rapidly acquiring new caring ...

June 23, 2020 Global Multimedia

Digital Solutions: Adoption, Adaptation and their role in post-Covid19 health and social care delivery

As each integrated care building block is reliant on information, digital solutions could be seen as the cement that holds the blocks together. Albeit, the arguments for greater use and investment have become increasingly compelling, the rate of adoption remains below expectations; that is until COVID-19.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, countries have seen a rapid citizen-led proliferation of digital solutions being used for remote working, socialisation between family, friends and communities, and education, to name but a few. This rapid pace of change has been mirrored by national and local government and public health through the use of social media to effectively reach individuals to provide guidance, support, collect well-being and COVID infection data, and undertake tracing through Apps. Furthermore, many countries have created fully functioning field hospitals with IT departments working around the clock to ensure these new care facilities can be up and running to provide safe ...

June 17, 2020 Global Publication

Family medicine in times of ‘COVID-19’: A generalists' voice

The novel coronavirus epidemic is transforming the world in which we live. This pandemic will bring sweeping changes everywhere, not least in the field of primary care medicine. Overall, this pandemic has genuinely demonstrated the medical professional’s power to adapt, evolve and thrive, even in these times of unprecedented crisis. Family medicine, dealing with both the emotional and the scientific side of medicine on a daily basis, plays a central role in tackling this pandemic. Taking responsibility for both care and research on COVID-19 will redefine the importance of family medicine for public health care. 

June 15, 2020

Integrated delivery and continuity of care in times of crisis

Ensuring continuity of care in response to the Covid-19 crisis has been a key issue for public health and social care services across Europe. Whilst the implementation of local partnerships for integrated care delivery have been identified as a success factor, in many cases the reality on the ground has been one of a fragmented market. One, where providers of home care, residential care and supported living have been under pressure due to the lack of protective equipment, the fear of infection, and a reduction in the number of professionals.

Still a fragmented un-resourced system

In light of the Covid-19 crisis, care services have been reaping a bitter harvest of years of failure to invest adequately in public health and social care systems. While older people’s care services have been affected across Europe, the situation has been particularly difficult in two countries: the UK and Spain.

In Spain, the ...

June 11, 2020 Europe Event

Digital Solutions: Adoption, Adaption and their role in post-Covid19 health and social care delivery

As each integrated care building block is reliant on information, digital solutions could be seen as the cement that holds the blocks together. Albeit, the arguments for greater use and investment have become increasingly compelling, the rate of adoption remains below expectations; that is until COVID-19.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, countries have seen a rapid citizen-led proliferation of digital solutions being used for remote working, socialisation between family, friends and communities, and education, to name but a few. This rapid pace of change has been mirrored by national and local government and public health through the use of social media to effectively reach individuals to provide guidance, support, collect well-being and COVID infection data, and undertake tracing through Apps. Furthermore, many countries have created fully functioning field hospitals with IT departments working around the clock to ensure these new care facilities can be up and running to provide safe ...

June 10, 2020 Global Toolkit

COVID-19 technology access pool

Commitments to share knowledge, intellectual property and data

The single most important priority of the global community is to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, halt its rapid transmission and reverse the trend of consequential global distress. This goal is only achievable when everyone, everywhere can access the health technologies they need for COVID-19 detection, prevention, treatment and response.

The COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) will compile, in one place, pledges of commitment made under the Solidarity Call to Action to voluntarily share COVID-19 health technology related knowledge, intellectual property and data. Shared knowledge, intellectual property and data will leverage our collective efforts to advance scientific discovery, technology development and broad sharing of the benefits of scientific advancement and its applications based on the right to health.

Holders of COVID-19 health technology related knowledge, intellectual property and/or data are invited to "TAKE ACTION NOW"

Access to COVID-19 Tools (Act) Accelerator- A ...

June 9, 2020 Global Event

IFIC Scotland Integrated Care Matters: Build Back Better Webinar Series

IFIC’s new report, Realising the true value of integrated care describes the steps we must take to create a radically different future beyond Covid-19. The report is a powerful call to reset our compass to a new reality based on solidarity and collaboration for population health.

IFIC Scotland and partners will explore this new future in series 5 of their Integrated Care Matters webinars. Guest panelists, members of IFICs international Special Interest Groups, will share their experiences and insights and challenge us to design a better future that improves lives and opportunities for all.

Each webinar will be accompanied by a topic resource with links to further information. All who register will receive links to the recordings and topic resources.

 

Upcoming Webinars

Hold the dates and register for the free webinars – broadcast live 4-5pm (5-6pm CET) .

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Enhanced healthcare support in care homes – from ...

June 8, 2020 Global Event

Global COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Impact Grant (Global Co-RIG)

The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine (Besrour Centre) at the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), thanks to the generous support of the CFPC’s Foundation for the Advancement of Family Medicine (FAFM) and the Fondation Docteur Sadok Besrour, is seeking proposals for a Global COVID-19 pandemic innovation response.


The initiative is a response to how the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting the health and economic well-being of nations. There are more than six million cases, and more than 370,000 deaths, worldwide.

* The response to such a threat must be rapid and effective to minimize the harmful impact of a virus that is highly transmissible and that is affecting the most vulnerable worldwide. The primary care response to COVID-19 must support innovation that targets and protects highly vulnerable populations that lack access to primary care.

The goal of this initiative is to have the greatest impact for reducing ...

June 8, 2020 Global Multimedia

Building integrated care as the cornerstone of our new reality

This webinar allowed decision makers and managers in health and health care to learn about the integrated care approaches that have been implemented and the considerations that have been made to address the continuum of care and support needs of individuals, beyond public health issues and crisis management.

June 8, 2020 Global Multimedia

Supporting Resilient Communities in Times of Public Health Crisis

Community resilience refers to the sustained ability of a community to respond to, withstand and recover from shocks and stressors. In Australia, and other countries, natural disasters such as drought, bushfires, floods, earthquakes and infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19 are likely to have a sustained and negative impact on the health and wellbeing of people over a prolonged period of time. This webinar examined evidence and personal experiences in supporting community resilience as a means of strengthening communities to withstand public health crises before, during and after emergencies.

This webinar allowed decision makers and health and care managers to learn about the integrated care approaches that have been implemented and the considerations that have been made to address the continuing care and support needs of people beyond public health issues and crisis management. The webinar included an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences and will highlight IFIC's ...

June 8, 2020 Global Multimedia

People as Partners in Care

There is a growing imperative to place people and communities, and what matters to them, at the centre of health and care services. The World Health Organisation (WHO) emphasises the need to engage and empower people as partners in creating and maintaining their health and wellbeing. The Astana Declaration (2018) advocates for policies that embed integrated care in strong, community-oriented and community led primary care. This is particularly important for people with multiple health conditions and/ or care needs managed by different providers, often through many unconnected episodes of care. Continuity and collaborative care, through planning, monitoring and review are essential if we are to achieve what really matters to the person, their family and carers. This requires the right information, advice, and health literacy support to help people to understand their conditions and how to live well. However, the realisation of these aspirations remains elusive. Professional culture and practice ...

June 8, 2020 Global Multimedia

Driving and Accelerating a ‘One System’ Response: Why COVID-19 has Shone a Spotlight on Integrated Care

High performing health and social care systems provide exceptional care, quality and experiences for patients, caregivers and providers. Pivotal to this, is how we work across health and social care as one team. The need for integrated care is a global priority and is poised to address fragmentation and accelerate the improvements that are needed. During a global pandemic, the need to work as an integrated system is even more pressing and gives us an opportunity to pause, reflect and respond.

In situations where systems are subjected to unprecedented pressure, organizations and sectors may respond from the lens of what can their individual organization or sector do, rather than responding as a cohesive and interconnected system.

Organizations that have embraced collaborative models of response and care and were already working to advance integration pre-pandemic appear to be more effective in responding as one connected team and community.

Through this webinar ...

June 4, 2020 Africa Event

Webinar: How to Use COVID-19 to Build Better UHC Systems in Africa

In discussion with Former President, H.E. Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, senior African officials, and other global health experts, this high-level webinar will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic underscores a pressing need to implement UHC. Speakers will highlight how multi-sectoral collaboration is a pathway to achieving resilient, sustainable, and quality UHC in Africa by 2030.

At the event, Harvard Global Health Institute and The Access Challenge will launch the 2020 One by One UHC Report, “Africa Leads the Way: Harnessing Multi-sectoral Collaboration to Achieve UHC.”

This is a webinar for African leadership, communities, and global partners to discuss how cooperation through the COVID-19 response can build the necessary foundation for equitable and affordable health systems for all.

Featuring

  • H.E. Amira El Fadil, Commissioner of Social Affairs, African Union
  • H.E. Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete, former President, United Republic of Tanzania
  • Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti Regional Director, Africa, World Health ...

June 1, 2020 Global Publication

Implementation of the Integrated Care of Older People (ICOPE) App in Primary Care: New Technologies in Geriatric Care During Quarantine of COVID-19 and Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic due to a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in December 2019 has rapidly spread worldwide. The mortality rate is about 2.3% in general population, with high human-to-human transmission of 0.41 (credible interval [0.27, 0.55]), and nasopharyngeal asymptomatic carriers act as vectors within the population. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the pandemic on March 2020, and established objectives and action plan. First, WHO aimed at limiting the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, which required large isolation actions (country borders lockdown and individual quarantine). Second, WHO aimed at guiding and supporting the different health care systems across countries. Finally, developing therapeutic interventions appeared as a global priority as available evidence were still scarce. More than 860 clinical trials are ongoing worldwide.

May 26, 2020 Global Event

Time to get our act together on UHC and health emergencies

UHC2030 will launch a discussion paper to consolidate our vision for resilient health systems, and priority actions for both emergency preparedness and UHC goals. With this, we aim to bring partners together around common messages on public health actions as ‘step zero’ of UHC, so health systems better support health security and UHC. This builds on the recent statement from UHC2030 co-chairs which called on world leaders to remember their UHC commitments as they respond to COVID-19.

Ilona Kickbusch, Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Global Health Centre, will moderate a panel discussion with senior leaders from WHO, World Bank, OECD and respondents from academia and civil society. This event proposes to stimulate discussion with stakeholders from across the UHC movement and beyond, immediately after the World Health Assembly, in order to leverage the momentum around the discussions among ministers of health.

The event is jointly organised by ...

May 22, 2020 Africa, Western Pacific News

Community Responses to COVID-19: From the Horn of Africa to the Solomon Islands

While this pandemic has the potential to fracture societies, it is the resilience, solidarity, strength, and ingenuity of communities that will help overcome this crisis.

Highlights

  • Community-driven development (CDD) programs, which put people at the center of designing their own solutions, are a critical part of the World Bank’s response to the global COVID-19 crisis.
  • The Bank is supporting countries in Horn of Africa and in Solomon Islands through CDD programs that are delivering cash and basic services to the most vulnerable.
  • To tackle a crisis of this magnitude and scale, countries need an equitable, whole-of-society approach, which lies at the heart of CDD programs.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have devastating impacts on people, with a disproportionate impact on the poor and the most vulnerable, who lack the coping mechanisms and essential services they need.

In a crisis of this magnitude, no single intervention is enough, and countries ...

May 22, 2020 Europe, Global News

Call for an expression of interest: Behavioural, social and economic impacts of the outbreak response

The European Commission´s second call for an Expression of Interest for innovative and rapid health-related approaches to respond to COVID-19 and to deliver quick results for society for a higher level of preparedness of health systems:

Proposals should focus on lessons learnt: they should i) address how to mitigate social and economic impacts of the outbreak response related to health systems; ii) identify non-intended consequences of epidemic-control decisions; and iii) provide answers to social, including gendered, dynamics of the outbreak and the related public health response.

In particular, in their proposals the applicants are encouraged to integrate multiple medical, social sciences and humanities disciplines, including anthropology, psychology, sociology, epidemiology, implementation science, journalism & communication, economics and political sciences, as well as gender studies and intersectional research to address the following inter-related dimensions.

Submit an Expression of Interest by June 11, 2020.

May 22, 2020 Americas, Global Event

Driving and accelerating a 'one system' response: why COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on Integrated Care

High performing health and social care systems provide exceptional care, quality and experiences for patients, caregivers and providers. Pivotal to this, is how we work across health and social care as one team. The need for integrated care is a global priority and is poised to address fragmentation and accelerate the improvements that are needed. During a global pandemic, the need to work as an integrated system is even more pressing and gives us an opportunity to pause, reflect and respond.

In situations where systems are subjected to unprecedented pressure, organizations and sectors may respond from the lens of what can their individual organization or sector do, rather than responding as a cohesive and interconnected system.

Organizations that have embraced collaborative models of response and care and were already working to advance integration pre-pandemic appear to be more effective in responding as one connected team and community.

This webinar will ...

May 20, 2020 Global News

WHO and Costa Rica preview technology pooling initiative to ensure access to COVID-19 health products for all

Presidents Carlos Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica and Sebastián Piñera of Chile joined WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to announce progress on a technology platform that aims to lift access barriers to effective vaccines, medicines and other health products against COVID-19.

The platform will pool data, knowledge and intellectual property for existing or new COVID-19 health products to deliver ‘global public goods’ for all people and all countries. Through the open sharing of science and data, numerous companies will be able to access the information they need to produce the technologies, thereby scaling up availability worldwide, lowering costs and increasing access. 

WHO and Costa Rica will officially launch the platform on 29 May. On that date, a Solidarity Call to Action will be published on WHO’s web site where governments, research and development funders, institutions and companies can express their support.

The solidarity of all of ...

May 19, 2020 Global Event

The COVID-19 Pivot: Clinical approaches to the global pandemic from an international panel

The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine from College of Family Physiscians of Canada presents the COVID-19 Pivot Webinar: Clinical approaches to the global pandemic from an international panel, host by Dr. David Ponka, with the presentation of Dr.William Goldberg, Dr. Elena Klusova and Dr. Nisanth Menon.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CFPC.CMFC/videos/612435246287226/
YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpKyuFHW-RA

May 19, 2020 South-East Asia, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Global Publication

HealthBuddy: a new chatbot to engage with communities in Europe and central Asia on COVID-19

HealthBuddy, a multilingual interactive chatbot, is the newest tool to be launched as a resource for countries in Europe and central Asia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The chatbot, developed by WHO/Europe and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECARO), will help countries in the region to access accurate information, and counter misinformation surrounding the virus.

May 15, 2020 Global Toolkit

Launch of the WHO Academy and the WHO Info mobile applications

 

WHO has launched the WHO Academy app designed to support health workers during COVID-19, and the WHO Info app designed to inform the general public.

The Academy app, launched by the WHO Academy, World Health Organization’s lifelong learning centre, provides health workers with mobile access to a wealth of COVID-19 knowledge resources, developed by WHO, that include up-to-the-minute guidance, tools, training, and virtual workshops that will help them care for COVID-19 patients and protect themselves.

The application is available for free download from both the Apple App Store  and Google Play Store, in Arabic Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

 

The WHO Info app, with an intuitive user-interface, will give millions of people real-time mobile access to the latest news and developments, disease outbreak updates, and public health emergency information. The app will provide, from the COVID-19 front, the latest WHO initiatives, partnerships, up-to-date data on cases by country ...

May 15, 2020 Global Publication

Realising the True Value of Integrated Care: Beyond COVID-19

Stronger and more resilient care systems and communities are better able to cope, respond and adapt to new challenges and crises such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. They are able to quickly come together to ‘act as one’ and collaborate across disciplines and sectors towards a common goal. This is the essence of integrated care and this is what the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) stands for – creating a more connected health and care system.

May 14, 2020 Europe Publication

An unprecedented challenge: Italy’s first response to COVID-19

This report tells the story of the first phase of Italy’s response to the COVID-19 virus, which in many people transformed into the dreaded illness known as COVID-19, leading to unprecedented death tolls across the world. Readers should note that the report is an unfinished story. It was written in the midst of the initial phase of the pandemic in a climate of constant and daily change as the country responded to this unprecedented challenge. While early lessons will surely need to be revisited, this report is a first account of Italy’s immediate experience with COVID-19, dealing with different aspects of the response as the first country that experienced widescale community transmission in Europe.

May 12, 2020 Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Global Event

Webinar: Promoting Visibility and Inclusion: Protecting Older Persons and People with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying inequalities and producing new threats for older persons and persons with disabilities. COVID-19 case fatality rates suggest a notable increase in risk after age 60, with progressively worse outcomes for those over 70 and over 80 years. Likewise, people with disabilities are among the hardest hit. 

To raise awareness and ensure that the UN regional system is equipped to help governments  guarantee the equal rights of older people and people with disabilities to access healthcare and lifesaving procedures during the pandemic, UNFPA, WHO and UNDCO, in coordination with the United Nations European Regional Issue Based Coalition on Health, will convene a one-hour webinar focused on supporting UNCTs in their work to advocate for greater attention to the specific needs of vulnerable persons. Panelists from civil society organizations actively engaged with the UN system will offer views on scaling up immediate responses while making COVID19 a ...

May 11, 2020 Americas Publication

After COVID-19—Thinking Differently About Running the Health Care System

The US response to the COVID-19 pandemic highlights several strategies that should be emphasized more in the management of the health care system. These strategies include using waivers to boost federalism, reconsidering the role of hospitals and other institutions as hubs for care, expanding the use of telehealth, and bringing together funds from multiple programs to improve the delivery of health care and health-related services. The urgent steps that have been taken to make the health care system more flexible and innovative during the COVID-19 pandemic should not be forgotten once the crisis is over. Many of these steps need to be become central features of the health care system.

May 11, 2020 Americas Publication

Covid-19 and the Need for Health Care Reform

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need for health care reforms that promote universal access to affordable care. lthough all aspects of U.S. health care will face incredible challenges in the coming months, the patchwork way we govern and pay for health care is unraveling in this time of crisis, leaving millions of people vulnerable and requiring swift, coordinated political action to ensure access to affordable care.Our policies on health and health care, both during this pandemic and in the future, should reflect this reality, and we should not let the lessons of this crisis pass us by.

April 24, 2020 Europe, Global Publication

Covid-19: a remote assessment in primary care

Novel coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) is an urgent and spreading threat whose clinical and epidemiological characteristics are still being documented. With a view to containing covid-19, a shift from in-person to remote consulting is occurring. Clinicians are thus faced with a new disease and a new way of interacting with patients. This article will present some guiding principles on how to choose between telephone and video appointments, how to conduct a “query covid” consultation remotely, and considerations when arranging follow-up and next steps.

 

April 24, 2020 Global Publication

The key role of palliative care in response to the COVID-19 tsunami of suffering

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has brought a tsunami of suffering that is devastating even well resourced countries. The disease has wreaked havoc on health systems and generated immense losses for families, communities, and economies, in addition to the growing death toll. In this most challenging time, health responders can take advantage of palliative care know-how to focus on compassionate care and dignity, provide rational access to essential opioid medicines, and mitigate social isolation at the end of life and caregiver distress. 

April 24, 2020 Global Publication

Not a luxury: a call to maintain sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian and fragile settings during the COVID-19 pandemic

About 1·8 billion people live in fragile contexts worldwide,1 including 168 million individuals in need of humanitarian assistance. Approximately a quarter of those in fragile contexts are women and girls of reproductive age. Experience from past epidemics in these settings has showed that discontinuing healthcare services deemed unrelated to the epidemic response resulted in more deaths than did the epidemic itself. The COVID-19 pandemic will magnify the risks inherent to resource reshuffling at the expense of other services; however, sexual and reproductive health cannot be viewed as a luxury.

April 20, 2020 Europe Toolkit

Strengthening the health system response to COVID-19

WHO/Europe provides guidance to Member States on strengthening health systems and rapidly reorganizing service delivery to respond to COVID-19 while maintaining core essential services across the continuum of care so that no one is left behind. This overview of policy resources includes overall policy recommendations for a well-aligned health system response, technical guidance and checklists, and planning and monitoring tools.

April 6, 2020 Global Event

Webinar Series: Care during and beyond the COVID-19 Crisis: Building integrated care as the cornerstone of our new reality

The current COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly impacted every area of our lives and, in particular, is creating an unprecedented challenge to our health and care systems worldwide. Health and care systems across the globe are taking numerous measures to respond to the urgent care needs of those impacted by COVID-19, while at the same time trying to reduce the long-term impact on vulnerable people as much as possible. IFIC recognizes the extraordinary pressures that this crisis has imposed on health and care decision-makers, but particularly on system managers and frontline staff.

The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) is well aware that COVID-19 impacts are highly localized and reflect both the health and care systems and population demographics in each region and country.  Since the first COVID-19 cases appeared, countries have developed different strategies and responses to cope with the pandemic. At the same time, we have witnessed a wide ...