The World Health Organization (WHO) is developing the COVID-19: Health Services Learning Hub (HLH) in response to the urgent demand from member states for technical support in maintaining essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic response. The COVID-19: Health Services Learning Hub (HLH), will support implementation of WHO’s Operational guidance for maintaining essential health services (EHS) during an outbreak, which provides a set of targeted actions that countries should consider at national, regional, and local levels to reorganise and maintain access to essential quality health services for all. Further information on the HLH is outlined in the concept note.
The WHO are now looking for your assistance to help identify, capture and share examples of innovative practices being adopted across the world to reorganise and deliver essential health services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. These practices may have been adopted at a national, regional or local level (health facility level e.g. hospital group or individual hospital / clinic) in your country. The WHO wish to capture these practices in the form of action briefs. If you have been involved in delivering essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic in your country and you have an innovative practice or example to share about how you did this then we would encourage you to submit this as part of this data collection exercise. To see what information is being requested please see the HLH Action Brief. You can submit your practice using the following online survey.
If you have not been directly involved in such work but you know people who have been and who could provide such information on the practice we would encourage you to share this email with them and to encourage them to participate.
As outlined in the concept note, the plan is that practices, solutions and ideas captured through the country briefs will then be explored and discussed in more detail through the learning laboratories. The learning laboratories are essentially dynamic communities of practice that will focus on sharing approaches and common strategies to health service challenges in the context of COVID-19. Facilitated learning labs on key thematic areas (i.e. digital innovation) will aid such discussions and help to challenge each other and spark innovation between countries.
We would appreciate if you could complete the online survey or send your informal videos to Dr Khan by Friday the 11th of September.
Please share this email with anyone in your network who you think might have innovative practices that they could share.
Thank you for your support of this important initiative.