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Oct. 4, 2019

WHO launches an innovative package of tools to support person-centred and integrated care for older people

On the International Day of the Older Person (1st October) the World Health Organization (WHO) released a package of tools to support the implementation of the Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) approach.

ICOPE, based on the WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services, has been developed in the context of populations around the world ageing rapidly. It enables health and long-term care systems-and the services within them-to respond optimally to the unique, varied and often complex needs of older people.

The package of tools includes: the ICOPE Implementation Framework (guidance for policy makers and programme managers to assess and ...

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Sept. 24, 2019

WHO welcomes landmark UN declaration on universal health coverage

The world leaders adopted a high-level United Nations Political Declaration on universal health coverage (UHC), the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted at this level.

“This declaration represents a landmark for global health and development,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at WHO. “The world has 11 years left to make good on its sustainable development goals. Universal health coverage is key to ensuring that happens.”

He added: “Universal health coverage is a political choice: today world leaders have signaled their readiness to make that choice. I congratulate them.”

The declaration comes the day after the World Health ...

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Sept. 23, 2019

Approval of political resolution on Universal Health Coverage in UN High-Level meeting

World leaders came together for the United Nations High Level Meeting (HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC): Moving Together to Build a Healthier World, held at the UN General Assembly in New York, on Monday, 23 September 2019. This was the first time the UN had called for a HLM devoted to UHC and the encounter provided an unprecedented opportunity to mobilize the global community and secure political commitment from Heads of State and Government to accelerate progress toward achieving UHC by 2030. As a result UN Member States have adopted the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted ...

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Sept. 17, 2019

UN High-Level Meeting on universal health coverage

On 23 September 2019, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting on universal health coverage (UHC). This meeting, held under the theme Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World, aims to accelerate progress towards UHC, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

The meeting will result in a political declaration on universal health coverage endorsed by Heads of State. Among other key attributes, the declaration recognizes the need for health systems to be integrated and people-centred, with ...

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July 23, 2019

ICIC20 – 20th International Conference on Integrated Care (Virtual Edition)

The 20th International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC20) will take place virtually, the dates 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th September 2020.

The conference will build on themes from previous years and in particular would like to include in this year's programme papers that are focusing on the following areas:

  • Meeting the challenges of integrated care in early development, childhood and transitional care in adolescents
  • Integrated community care approaches for better management of diseases with a stigmatizing effect, including for example mental health and addiction issues 
  • Better managing the care of vulnerable populations including for example war veterans, and preventing ...

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Sept. 11, 2018

A shared culture for change: Evaluating and implementing models of integrated people-centred services

The International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC) in partnership with OSAKIDETZA – Basque Health Service, Bioef, Ministry for Health of the Basque Government the City Council of Donostia-San Sebastian and the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa presents the 19th International conference on Integrated Care “Evaluating and implement models of integrated people-centred services” to take place in San Sebastian, the Basque Region in Spain 1-3 April 2019. The conference will bring together researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.

The Integrated Care Academy© Award for Best Paper and ...

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March 26, 2018

WHO and IFIC sign Memorandum of Understanding

Building on past and current collaboration efforts between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), this new agreement aims to support the global implementation of integrated people-centred health services by encouraging discussion and knowledge exchange among international community of policy makers, practitioners, and researchers; by generating experience and evidence around people-centred and integrated models of care; and by fostering engagements across Regions and Members States according to WHO priorities.

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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: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/Health-systems/health-workforce/news/news/2017/12/learning-from-ireland-expanding-the-role-of-nurses-and-midwives-to-improve-health-outcomes


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 ...

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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: http://www.who.int/universal_health_coverage/tokyo-decleration-uhc.pdf?ua=1  

Global Forum on Universal Health Coverage: http://universalhealthcoverageday.org/forum/  

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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 ...

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