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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 ...

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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 ...

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Sept. 7, 2017

African Health Ministers commit to attain universal health coverage

(Original article published by WHO Regional Office for Africa: http://www.afro.who.int/news/african-health-ministers-commit-attain-universal-health-coverage


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 ...

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Sept. 7, 2017

Call for Research Papers: UHC, innovation and population aging in LMICs (WHO Kobe Centre)

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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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July 6, 2017

Blog: Building the learning agenda on quality - Spotlight on the Global Learning Laboratory for Quality UHC

This blog was authored by Nana A Mensah Abrampah with contributions from Melissa Kleine-Bingham and the WHO Global Learning Laboratory Team.

Improving the delivery of quality health services is messy! Vast amounts of knowledge and experience are generated daily. We need to help capture this knowledge and experience – both the explicit knowledge that can be easily identified, captured and transferred as well as the tacit knowledge that is often difficult to identify, capture and transfer. We cannot assume that knowledge generated at the local level will spread through the various structures at the sub-national and national level to inform national-level ...

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July 6, 2017

Blog: Developing a national quality plan through a participatory approach - Lessons from Colombia

This blog was authored by Germán Escobar Morales, MD. MPH; Chief of the Office of Quality of Care, Ministry of Health and Social Protection, Republic of Colombia.

I work at the Ministry of Health and Social Protection in Colombia as Chief of the Office for Quality of Care. The office is in charge of designing the national quality policy and monitoring coverage of the entire health care system. Colombia’s health care system provides universal health coverage, with one of the largest financial protection systems (among developing countries) for its users, across the world. In Colombia, health system out-of-pocket ...

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