WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services
African Health Ministers commit to attain universal health coverage
August 2017 | Zimbabwe -- African health ministers meeting in Zimbabwe for the 67th Session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee have adopted a range of actions intended to strengthen health systems in countries and eventually lead to Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
July 2017 | Geneva -- On 24 May at the 70th World Health Assembly, a group of large emerging economies referred to as the “BRICS countries” – which includes Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa – convened at a side event sponsored by China. The aim: to share experiences and innovations on people-centred reforms as a cornerstone to making progress towards universal health coverage, using the WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services as a basis for discussion.
WHO advisory group launched in Almaty to shape the future of primary health care
WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab.
June 2017 | Kazakhstan -- Experts convened in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 20–21 June 2017 for the inaugural meeting of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group. The WHO Regional Director for Europe launched the Advisory Group to advance primary health care in the WHO European Region.
At its first meeting, the Advisory Group engaged in discussions on the readiness and responsiveness of primary health care to embrace future health and social needs.
June 2017 | Kazakhstan -- A global network aimed at supporting the implementation of the WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services has been established by the WHO Service Delivery and Safety Department. The WHO Global Service Delivery Network (GSDN) was launched on 20 June in Almaty, Kazakhstan, alongside the first Primary Health Care Advisory Group meeting to the WHO Regional Director/EURO and WHO inter-regional hospitals meeting.
OECD: Next generation of health reforms to focus on people-centred systems
January 2017 | Paris -- From 16-17 January the OECD hosted a meeting for Ministers of Health and a High-Level Policy Forum on the theme of people-centred care at its Headquarters in Paris. Ministers from over 35 OECD and partner countries exchanged their ideas, ambitions and challenges for The Next Generation of Health Reforms and agreed on future priorities for the work of the OECD’s Health Committee.
Reforming service delivery is key for achieving the health-related SDG targets
September 2016 | New York -- The need to reform service delivery to be integrated and people-centred is a key recommendation in the final report from the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. The report was delivered at a high profile event to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2016. The report suggests that reformed service delivery models are required with a move away from hospital care towards a focus on prevention and providing high-quality, affordable, integrated, community-based, people-centred primary and ambulatory care. This is critical to ensure that services match the health needs of populations, which will ultimately help us make progress towards universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Integrated people-centred health services means putting the comprehensive needs of people and communities, not only diseases, at the centre of health systems, and empowering people to have a more active role in their own health.
Lancet Commission on the future of health in sub-Saharan Africa: “People-centred health systems are the way forward”
“A framework shift is needed to deliver better health outcomes through people-centred health systems, with a focus on prevention, primary care and public health” is a key message in a new report by the Lancet Commission on the Future of Health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Action towards this will contribute to the vision of the Commission that by 2030, Africans should have the same opportunities for long and healthy lives that new technologies, well-functioning health systems, and good governance offer people living on other continents.
Kazakhstan is on track to achieve the global target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025. Currently, however, it has one of the highest rates of premature mortality in the WHO European Region. To tackle this burden of non-communicable diseases, Kazakhstan is investing in the transformation of its primary care services to become more people-centred and integrated.
Integrated people-centred health services are a key feature of robust and resilient health systems and are critical for progressing towards UHC and the SDGs. Why are they so vital? What does it mean in practice? How can you take action? This WHO advocacy brief for policymakers builds on evidence from countries demonstrating how IPCHS supports progress towards UHC and the SDGs.
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