Newsletter 13
December 2021
A digest of successful transformation stories, news and other resources available on
Health for All Advocacy Toolkit

In the lead up to the United Nations High-Level Meeting (HLM) on UHC in 2019, civil society and community representatives in countries around the world, convened by the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 (CSEM), asked for more knowledge and information about UHC as well as about global level advocacy initiatives and platforms. The CSEM surveyed its members and other global health civil society networks to understand the specific kinds of information and resources that would be most useful in supporting their work on UHC. Over 75% of respondents asked for practical tools and guidance for UHC advocacy. The Health for All Toolkit was developed to respond to these needs and to provide one-stop access to existing resources and toolkits for UHC.

This Toolkit is designed to be used by civil society advocates who are interested in learning more about what universal health coverage means; what commitments have been made to UHC at the global, regional, and country levels; and how they can incorporate UHC principles into their advocacy.     

Learn more & access the Health For All Toolkit

Caring for Children with Disabilities. Integrated Care Lessons from the Philipines

One in ten children worldwide live with disabilities and often experience overlapping deprivations. Early identification of children at risk is crucial to mitigate the negative effects, including discrimination and social exclusion, of a delayed intervention.
In the Philippines, a project is being implemented on prevention, early identification, referral, and intervention for delays, disorders and disabilities in early childhood. This project is a good example of why the delivery of early childhood development services should be provided as integrated, multisector interventions.
Dr. Bella Ponferrada talks about the lessons learnt from the implementation of the project. She outlines the importance of following an integrated, multisector approach to early childhood development. Greater integration of the health sector with other sectors (early learning services, social services…) and bridging multi-stakeholders and multi-level governance across the care pathway is fundamental in the design and implementation of early childhood development programmes.

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"We have to learn to cooperate with each other". A Qualitative Study to Explore Integration of Traditional Healers into the Provision of HIV Self-Testing and Tuberculosis Screening in Eswatini 

Eswatini remains a country heavily affected by dual HIV and tuberculosis epidemics. Traditional healing plays an important role in healthcare in Eswatini, and innovative collaborations with traditional healers may enable hard-to-reach men to access HIV and tuberculosis diagnostic services.
This study explored attitudes towards integration of traditional healers into the provision of HIV self-testing kits and sputum collection containers.
Midwives' perspectives on person-centred maternity care in Public Hospitals in South-East Nigeria

Person-centred maternity care (PCMC) is acknowledged as essential for achieving improved quality of care during labour and childbirth. Yet, evidence of healthcare providers’ perspectives of person-centred maternity care is scarce in Nigeria.

This mixed-method study examined the perspectives of midwives on person-centred maternity care in Enugu State, South-east Nigeria. The study provides insights into the role of birth companionship, work context, and altruism among midwives in promoting PCMC. Evidence found may help health decision-makers, managers and providers to develop interventions to improve responsive and respectful care during childbirth in Nigeria.


Effectiveness and Coverage of Treatment for Severe Acute Malnutrition Delivered by Community Health Workers in the  Guidimakha Region, Mauritania

Geographical and economic access barriers to health facilities have been identified as some of the most important causes of the low coverage of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) treatment. The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness and coverage of SAM treatment delivered by community health workers (CHWs) in the Guidimakha region in Mauritania, compared to the health facilities based approach.

This study is the first to demonstrate in Mauritania that the decentralization model of CHWs treating SAM improves acute malnutrition treatment coverage and complies with the international quality standards for community treatment of acute malnutrition. 

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UN Decade of Healthy Ageing  - The Platform

The UN Decade of Healthy Ageing knowledge exchange Platform is an online, multilingual collaboration space that helps everyone find, share, and produce the knowledge they need to create a world where all people can live long, healthy lives.

Combatting ageism; age-friendly environments; integrated care; and long-term care are the four interconnected areas of action. It is an unprecedented opportunity to work together to improve the lives of older people, their families and their communities.

Join governments, civil society, businesses, and other organisations around the world in the pledge to take meaningful action to create a world for all ages.


ICIC22 Odense, Denmark

The 22nd International Conference on Integrated Care will take place in Odeon in Odense, Denmark, from 23 – 25 May 2022. The conference will operate as a hybrid event, which means that people who do not wish to travel next May can join and present at the conference via video link and present their paper digitally.

How can we ensure that care is person-centred and treats patients as individuals and as equal partners in their own care and support? How do we prepare our workforce and adjust skill mix to deliver people centred integrated care? How do we enhance digital literacy for people who have specific support needs? How can AI support equity in health care and in Integrated Care? These and other questions related to personalised and person-centred health and care, digitized and digital support of health and care, innovative collaborations, and COVID recovery and impact on health and care system  will be explored at the conference.

Paper submissions accepted until Tuesday, 4 January 2022.

Anticipatory Care Planning Toolkit 2021

Anticipatory Care Planning (ACP) is a person-centred, proactive approach to help people consider what is important to them and plan for their future care. Planning ahead can help people feel more in control and able to manage any changes in their health and wellbeing. People should be offered opportunities to take part in care planning and receive information about its benefits.

The ihub from Health Improvement Scotland provides a toolkit on ACP to support health and social care throughout the care planning process.

Find out about the four steps to ACP and tools and resources that will support you in planning, undertaking and reviewing anticipatory care planning. In addition, find tools and guidance specifically for supporting individuals with ACP in the context of COVID-19.


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