Building Health Systems Resilience for Universal Health Coverage and Health Security During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Executive Summary: "Novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has had a wide-ranging impact on all areas of society, leading to setbacks in health gains and efforts to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). The diversion of health system resources to address COVID-19 care led to a protracted disruption of essential health services. New barriers to the demand for health care, such as restricted movements, reduced ability to pay and fear of infection, have posed additional and unprecedented challenges, to say nothing of the stark reality, in many settings, of insufficient infection prevention supplies and testing capacity. [...] UHC and health security are complementary goals; this position paper provides a rationale and recommendations for building resilience and seeking integration between promoting UHC and ensuring health security by the following means: [1] recovery and transformation of national health systems through investment in the essential public health functions (EPHF) and the foundations of the health system, with a focus on the primary health care (PHC) and the incorporation of health security; [2] all-hazards emergency risk management, to ensure and accelerate sustainable implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005); [3] whole-of-government approach to ensure community engagement and whole-of-society involvement."

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