In response to COVID-19, country leaders and health programs are
working diligently to balance the need to direct attention and resources
to the pandemic response with the need to maintain the delivery of other
essential health services to preserve hard-earned gains in health
outcomes and prevent death and injury from non-COVID-19 causes.
Around the globe, all levels of the health care system are having to do
more with less as they seek to mitigate the impact of the pandemic while
maintaining preventive, promotive and curative health care services.
Hard-earned global health gains are rapidly being reversed, and health
inequalities are widening.
Whether in high-, middle- or low-income countries, the pandemic is
stretching and challenging health systems. At the same time, given the
nature of COVID-19 and the need to limit physical interactions where
possible, it presents an opportunity to reimagine, redesign and
reinvigorate care and treatment, and prioritize decentralized,
community-based and client-focused mechanisms of service delivery.
To lessen the blow on fragile health systems, Jhpiego developed
operational guidance that synthesizes global recommendations, current
best evidence and critical resources to help health care providers,
managers and leaders maintain essential health services during and after
the pandemic, and ensure families receive the care and treatment they
need and deserve.