Policy-makers are currently facing the challenge of striking the right balance between two competing goals: ensuring adequate capacities to treat those affected by COVID-19 and providing services that are necessary to maintain the health of the population.Read more “How are countries reorganizing non-COVID-19 health care service delivery?”
Digital health tools are playing a central role in responding to COVID-19; some are established tools, some are existing tools being used in new ways, and increasingly there is attention to developing specific new digital health tools to respond to the pandemic.Read more “How are countries using digital health tools in responding to COVID-19?”
Health care providers need flexibility to be able to respond quickly to meet increased demand in the outbreak, to offer new methods of service delivery and to maintain essential health services for non-COVID-19 conditions. The way in which providers are paid can be an obstacle to these objectives.Read more “What are countries doing to give providers flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak?”
A strong health system response to the pandemic requires additional public funds that can be deployed quickly and transparently. Without additional public funding, the health system will not only struggle to control the pandemic but also may fail to maintain essential health services for other conditions.Read more “How are countries mobilizing additional public funds for health?”
How are countries removing financial barriers to accessing health services in the context of COVID-19?
Households increasingly face financial strain as the COVID-19 outbreak becomes an economic crisis in many countries. If people face concerns about health care affordability, they may delay seeking treatment or be prevented from obtaining the services they need, making the outbreak harder to control.Read more “How are countries removing financial barriers to accessing health services in the context of COVID-19?”
Within and across European countries, there is great divergence in hospital bed and intensive care unit (ICU) capacity. To alleviate pressure on intensive-care capacity, national and regional governments and hospitals have started to help each other by transferring critically ill patients from the worst-hit regions.Read more “How do the worst-hit regions manage COVID-19 patients when they have no spare capacity left?”
What strategies are countries using to expand health workforce surge capacity to treat COVID-19 patients?
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed immense pressure on the health workforce across Europe and worldwide, which has been exacerbated by workforce depletion as health professionals themselves are at high risk of being infected by COVID-19.Read more “What strategies are countries using to expand health workforce surge capacity to treat COVID-19 patients?”
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many countries facing shortages of sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE). The combination of increased demand for PPE and large disruptions in the global marketplace has made it difficult for virtually all countries to obtain PPE for their own needs.Read more “What strategies are countries using to find new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?”
Intersectoral governance for health has long been seen as a “nice to have”- a search for useful win-wins between sectors. In the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical and occurring virtually everywhere in one way or another.Read more “How are countries centralizing governance and at what stage are they doing it?”
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries have been advised by WHO to expand testing in order to detect COVID-19 cases early, ensure their isolation, trace and isolate their contacts, and determine the epidemiological situation as accurately as possible.Read more “How do COVID-19 testing criteria differ across countries?”