Maintaining Essential Health Services: Operational Guidance for the COVID-19 Context   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Overview: "This document expands on the content of the essential health services and systems pillar of the 'COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] strategic preparedness and response plan: operational planning guidelines to support country preparedness and response'. [...] It supports country implementation of targeted actions at the national, subnational and local levels to reorganize and maintain access to safe and high-quality essential health services. It outlines the adaptations needed to keep people safe and maintain continuity of essential health services during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is intended for decision-makers and managers at the national and subnational levels. Part 1 outlines basic principles and practical recommendations that support decision-making to ensure the continuity of select essential health services, highlighting key actions that countries should consider. Part 2 contains brief sections addressing specific adaptations and considerations for life course and disease programmes in the context of COVID-19. These sections are intended to be used in conjunction with -- and do not replace -- existing WHO [World Health Organization] programme guidance in these area."

2020 World Health Organization. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/igo/]
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