Approximately half the world's population lacks access to essential health care. Where health care is accessible, it is often fragmented and of poor quality. Adopted with overwhelming support by Member States at the World Health Assembly in May 2016, the WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services is a call for a fundamental shift in the way health services are funded, managed and delivered. It supports countries progress towards universal health coverage by shifting away from health systems designed around diseases and health institutions towards health systems designed for people.
The Framework presents a compelling vision of a future in which all people have access to health services that are provided in a way that are coordinated around their needs, respects their preferences, and are safe, effective, timely, affordable, and of acceptable quality. Developed as a universal vision – the Framework can be adapted to all countries whether high, medium or low income, with mature or fragile health systems.
WHO works together with health system stakeholders worldwide to support their goals towards integrated people-centred health services. Through mutually beneficial partnerships that leverage technical expertise and align efforts of everyone involved, WHO can achieve greater results than any country could alone. Here are some ways WHO is supporting countries to take action:
Specifically, IPCHS implementation support encompasses guidance, products and tools, including advocacy material, strategy papers, position papers, policy and practice briefs, capacity-building toolkits, knowledge management platforms and technical assistance to countries. Below you can find a representation of the resources we are currently developing, along with the list of resources already available.