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  • Oct. 12, 2016

    Now live! WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services (who.int) website

    The WHO Service Delivery and Safety Department is pleased to announce the launch of the new WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services (who.int) website. URL: http://www.who.int/servicedeliverysafety/areas/people-centred-care/en/ Why are we excited about this site?  At the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly Member States officially adopted the Framework on integrated people-centred health services (IPCHS) and its supporting resolution, formally giving the WHO Secretariat the mandate to work across the organization to support the implementation, national adaptation and operationalization of the Framework. The new website aims to be a steward for the Framework – serving as an important medium for accessing information on the Framework, for sharing technical products and resources, and for communicating key news, events and activities taking place worldwide. Three sections to visit: About the Framework – Development of the Framework, alignment with other WHO strategies, benefits of IPCHS Implementation of the Framework – Strategies ...

  • Oct. 12, 2016

    New report recommends people-centred integrated care as a focus of China’s health reform

    A new report says China can offer better health care for its citizens at affordable costs if it restructures its delivery model to focus on providing integrated primary care for its rapidly aging population, and reforming public hospitals so they mainly treat complex and acute cases. Developed by the World Bank Group, the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Finance, the National Health and Family Planning Commission, and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of China, Deepening Health Reform in China, is the most comprehensive report published so far on China’s health reform. News release: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2016/07/21/new-report-recommends-people-centered-integrated-care-as-focus-of-chinas-health-reform Report summary: http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/china/publication/healthy-china-deepening-health-reform-in-china To read the full report, please visit the link below.

  • Sept. 28, 2016

    Right care, right time, right place: how Lithuania transformed cardiology care

    (Original story published by WHO: http://www.who.int/features/2016/lithuania-transforms-care/en/)Long wait times to see specialists. Poor coordination between family doctors and hospitals. Duplicated tests. And some of the highest rates of heart disease-related death in Europe.They were some of the challenges facing Lithuania 20 years ago, particularly in the country’s eastern region, where mortality from heart disease and stroke was highest, especially among middle-aged men and women outside major cities.Health officials concluded that many of the problems patients experienced in getting the care they needed stemmed from the way services were organized and provided. Specialist cardiology centres were overstaffed while regional hospitals were understaffed, particularly in rural areas. As a result, patients typically sought out specialists, even for routine matters, cutting primary care providers out of their traditional roles as first contact providers and treatment coordinators. A failure to collaborate left family doctors ...

  • July 21, 2016

    WHO supports Seychelles on People-Centred Care

    WHO supported a two day symposium on 15th and 16th of July 2016 in the Seychelles, which aimed to familiarize health care team with the concepts of patient-centred care, and agree on the application of patient-centred care mechanisms, taking cognizance of the Seychelles context. The symposium was attended by 180 participants, drawn from the respective health professions, policy makers in health, patient care groups, and media stakeholders. The facilitation was led by Dr. Delanyo Dovlo, Director of Health Systems and Services in AFRO and included Nuria Toro Polanco from WHO/Geneva Service Delivery team.  The symposium was opened by the Minister of Health Mrs. Mitcy Larue, who highlighted the need for person-centredness in provision of services and attainment of the health goals of the Seychellois people. Minister Larue highlighted the need to understand that the person is a full participant in the process of designing and providing health care. Seychelles ...

  • June 27, 2016

    4th International Congress of Person Centered Medicine

    The 4th International Congress of Person Centered Medicine will be held in Madrid, Spain, from the 7-9 of November 2016, in Campus of the Francisco de Vitoria University.  The main topics for this congress are: Person Centered Medical Education: Need for a new Model Role of Humanities and Humanism in Medical Education Doctor – Patient Clinical Communication as “core theme” in Humanizing Clinical Practice Humanism and Bioethics in Medical Education Clinical Simulation in Medical Education Person Centered Medicine: Perspective from Healthcare Systems Person Centered Medicine: Perspective from Perspective from patients Deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2016 Preliminary Scientific Program For more information: Website

  • June 14, 2016

    #IntegratedCare4People - help us spread the word

    Help us spread the word about the Framework on integrated people-centred health services and its web platform by using the hashtag #IntegratedCare4People on your social media accounts. Suggested hashtags: Main hashtag: #IntegratedCare4People Additional hashtags to link to related health conversations: #UHC, #SDGs, #integratedcare, #HealthForAll, #globalhealth, #primaryhealthcare, #healthsystems Suggested messages: #IntegratedCare4People is central to #UCH and reaching the #SDGs What if #health was organized around people's needs rather than diseases? #IntegratedCare4People Placing people at the heart of #healthservices and #health systems with #IntegratedCare4People Suggested visuals are available under the URL below.

  • June 7, 2016

    World Health Assembly approves Framework

    From 23 to 28 May 2016, Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) met in Geneva for the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly and approved with overwhelming support the resolution “strengthening integrated, people-centred health services” that supports the Framework on integrated, people-centred health services (IPCHS). The Resolution was proposed by Andorra, Chile, Estonia, Finland, Japan, Latvia, Liberia, Luxembourg and Thailand as co-sponsoring countries and received additional inputs from India, Zimbabwe and Canada. During the discussions, the resolution received support and statements from various member states, including Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Member States of the Americas (represented by Chile), China, Costa Rica, the Nordic and Baltic countries (represented by Estonia), Germany, the Member States of the African region (represented by Guinea), Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Panama, the Philippines, Slovakia, South Africa, Tanzania, the UK and Zimbabwe. This important milestone gives the WHO the official mandate ...

  • Feb. 16, 2016

    WHO global strategy becomes “Framework on integrated people-centred health services”

    In March 2015, WHO published the interim report called "WHO global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services". This interim strategy was made up of two linked documents: 1) the strategy itself, which presents a compelling case for an integrated, people-centred health services approach, along with a look at the way forward, and 2) an overview of good practice, which contains a number of case studies and the evidence on the benefits that integrated, people-centred care can bring to people, communities and countries. The interim strategy went through a series of consultations through which a significant number of countries, institutions and individuals contributed to the development of the document. The comments and recommendations of these stakeholders helped refine and improve the strategy. Among the important changes that resulted from the consultation period, there is need to emphasize that the name of the document was replaced with “Framework on integrated people-centred ...

  • Feb. 15, 2016

    Framework on integrated people-centred health services supports the Sustainable Development Goals

    The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a target on universal health coverage. The Framework is fully aligned with this global movement. In September 2015, countries adopted the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 3 relates to ensuring healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages and its target 3.8 puts forward the aim of achieving universal health coverage. Making progress on this target requires countries to move towards ensuring that all people and communities have access to health services that are high quality, safe and acceptable. For this to be attainable and sustainable, effective, cost-efficient approaches to service delivery must be maximized. The Framework sets out a vision and five strategies to make this a reality. Universal health coverage will not be achieved without improvements in service delivery, so that all people are able to access high quality health services that meet their needs. An ...

  • Feb. 11, 2016

    WHO's Executive Board discusses Framework

    On 28 January 2016, the Executive Board (EB) of the World Health Organization (WHO) discussed the Framework on integrated people-centred health services. The Framework received broad support to be noted by the 69th Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) that will take place in May 2016; furthermore its accompanying draft resolution was approved as amended by the EB. Both the Framework and its accompanying draft resolution received positive feedback during the discussion. Numerous member states expressed their support, emphasizing the need for an integrated, people-centred approach to organizing, managing and delivering health services around the world. The draft resolution to support the Framework was proposed to the Executive Board by the Minister of Health of Liberia with support from Andorra, Chile, Estonia, Finland, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg and Thailand. The final list of Member States that expressed their support for the the Framework at the EB includes, in addition to ...