Newsletter 17
September 2022

A digest of successful transformation stories, news and other resources available on
Health is all about people - it's time to invest in social participation!

The pandemic has underscored the value of health and the value of universal health coverage.

Health is all about people, but too often people’s insights and lived experiences remain unheard in governments’ decision-making. Amplifying people’s voices in health policymaking, by creating participatory spaces, is the way forward.

The WHO Handbook on Social Participation for UHC draws on countries’ best practices and lessons learned and provides practical guidance for policymakers on how to effectively and meaningfully engage with the population, communities and civil society for health policy-making.

It’s time to invest in social participation!

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Challenges, progress, opportunities: European and Central Asian health systems

Engaging brief, by Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge (WHO Regional Director for Europe),  Dr Josep Figueras Marimont (Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies) and Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat (Director of Country Health Policies and Systems at WHO Europe), published on Open Access Government, presenting countries’ health systems at a glance.
Recent new studies from the World Health Organization analysed lessons from 14 non-EU countries to reveal how to invest better in the health of millions.

The studies show that when governments’ spending on health is low, households face financial hardships; in some countries, out-of-pocket payments account for more than half of health spending. Despite the fact that there is a lot of progress to be celebrated, the urgent need for better investment in health is one of the most important findings in the new studies.

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23rd International Conference on Integrated Integrated Care

The rich cultural heritage city of Antwerp, in beautiful Flanders, will host the 23rd International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC23) next 22-24 May 2023, organised by the International Foundation for Integrated Care in partnership with the Flanders Agency for Health and Care and Visit Flanders. The conference will operate as a hybrid event to welcome those who cannot or do not wish to travel.

“Care in action: how to work together, a participatory approach” is ICIC23 theme to gather stakeholders worldwide engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.

*Call for Papers is Now Open – Deadline for Submissions is 31 October 2022*

All accepted abstracts will be published in the International Journal of Integrated Care and entered into the Annual Integrated Care & Patient and Caregiver Awards!

Learn more & watch the introduction video

International comparisons of the quality and outcomes of integrated care. Findings of the OECD pilot on stroke and chronic heart failure 

This report presents the state of the art on best practices of performance measurement of integrated care, and provides the findings of the first OECD pilot, carried out in 2020-2021, that developed quality and outcome indicators to support cross-country comparisons of integrated care delivery.
Built on lessons learned, the report provides key messages that contribute to the quality measurement of integrated care, and proposes further work on expanding indicator development for future data collections; performing policy analysis to understand cross-country variations on governance models and health financing; upscaling data linkage; and measuring care fragmentation.

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World Health Summit 2022

WHS 2022 is the first World Health Summit to be run together with the World Health Organization. The perfect match, both are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all people and both try to provide new solutions to global health challenges. This year, WHS 2022 stands for collaboration and open dialogue.
This joint high-level summit, to be held in Berlin next 16-18 October (also digitally available), will gather the different players in the global health arena (from politics, industry, academia and civil society) to sit together and come up with new and different approaches that foster equity and global health.
With a focus on “Making the Choice for Health”, WHS 2022 will reflect on global health priorities such as the financing of global health, health systems resilience and equity, climate change, digital health, food and health, and global health for peace, amongst others.

Health for All is the goal,
the World Health Summit 2022 is the Event!

Primary health care led recovery from COVID-19 in Costa Rica for underserved communities

A SDG3 GAP (the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Welbeing for all)-supported project built on learning and experiences from the COVID-19 pandemic and community engagement -with a focus on the underserved- to progress to an equitable, gender-responsive, primary health care-led recovery.

Costa Rica offers tangible lessons that an integrated people-centred, community-oriented primary health care is the path to tackling many of the health and social challenges.

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