Newsletter 5
May 2020
A digest of successful transformation stories, news and other resources available on
Strengthening the health system response to COVID-19 

WHO/Europe provides guidance to Member States on strengthening health systems and rapidly reorganizing service delivery to respond to COVID-19, while maintaining core essential services across the continuum of care, so that no one is left behind. This overview of policy resources includes overall policy recommendations for a well-aligned health system response, technical guidance and checklists, and planning and monitoring tools.
The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) Webinar Series.

The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) offers webinar series addressing current topics giving a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art of Integrated Care.

Well aware that the current pandemic is creating an unprecedented challenge to our health and care systems worldwide, IFIC focuses on care during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis and offers a series of special webinars aimed at supporting those working in the health and care sectors.

Celebrating the 4th anniversary of the approval of the  WHO Framework on the Integrated and People-Centred Health Services: progress and opportunities ahead

This month marks the fourth anniversary of the approval of the Framework on integrated people-centred health services (IPCHS) since in May 2016, Member States showed exceptional support to global commitments to strengthening integrated people-centred health services and requested WHO to help them implement, adapt, and operationalize this Framework.
A lot of good work has been done since then, especially in helping countries integrate health services as part of broader health system reforms. Yet, there is a long way to go.
Not a luxury: a call to maintatin sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian and fragile settings during the COVID-19 pandemic
About 1.8 billion people live in fragile contexts worldwide, including 168 million individuals in need of humanitarian assistance. Approximately a quarter of those in fragile contexts are women and girls of reproductive age. Experience from past epidemics in these settings has showed that discontinuing healthcare services deemed unrelated to the epidemic response resulted in more deaths than did the epidemic itself. The COVID-19 pandemic will magnify the risks inherent to resource reshuffling at the expense of other services; however, sexual and reproductive health cannot be viewed as a luxury.

COVID-19 Partners Platform
The primary objective of the international response to COVID-19 public health emergency remains stopping the human-to-human transmission, and caring for those affected. WHO is calling all partners to use this unique window of opportunity to assist all countries to rapidly detect, diagnose and prevent the further spread of the virus.

Any IPCHS-related news worthy to share?
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