COVID-19: Guidance on maintaining continuity of service delivery

WHO recognises reproductive health as a high-priority area, for which priority essential services need to be identified in efforts to maintain continuity of service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In light of the Corona virus, countries will need to make difficult decisions to balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19, while simultaneously engaging in strategic planning and coordinated action to maintain essential health service delivery, mitigating the risk of system collapse.

WHO has released a document to provide guidance on a set of targeted immediate actions that countries should consider at national, regional, and local level to reorganize and maintain access to high-quality essential health services for all.

Countries should identify essential services that will be prioritized in their efforts to maintain continuity of service delivery. Services related to reproductive health, including care during pregnancy and childbirth, have been identified as one such high-priority category.

You can find the document on the WHO website. For easy reference, you can also access the document here on the IBP network platform, in our collection of resources, where you also find other WHO guidelines; IBP webinars; as well as other material promoted by IBP.

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