On World Blood Donor Day – 14 June – WHO is calling on countries to improve access to safe blood for saving the lives of mothers.
Every day, almost 800 women die from causes related to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Severe bleeding during pregnancy, delivery or after childbirth is the single biggest cause of maternal death and can kill a healthy woman within 2 hours if she is unattended. Urgent access to safe blood transfusion is critical to saving these women’s lives and is one of the key life-saving interventions that should be available in all facilities that provide emergency obstetric care.
A WHO Regional Focal Points meeting for the department of Service Delivery and Safety will be convened on 22-23 April, 2014 at WHO-HQ. Focal Points for the departments of Health Service Delivery from the African (AFRO), the Americas (AMRO/PAHO), Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO), European (EURO), South East Asian (SEARO) and Western Pacific (WPRO) WHO Regional Offices will participate in the event.
The meeting aims to enhance cooperation alignment and communication between multiple focal points at all WHO levels: global, regional, sub-regional and country. It also aims to develop a coordinated approach to activities in service delivery.
WHO Global Strategy on People-centred and Integrated Health Services
The path to universal health coverage draws attention to various barriers in access to quality health services, linked to significant shortages in resources, a fragmentation of health services and lack of people-centredness. During 2014 and 2015, WHO will develop a Global Strategy that should assist Member States to achieve universal health coverage with more people-centred and integrated health services. The Strategy will provide a wide range of policy options and reform strategies that should allow for context-specific tailoring of policy recommendations at the regional and country level.
New WHO traditional medicine strategy
The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023 was developed and launched in response to the World Health Assembly resolution on traditional medicine (WHA62.13).
The strategy aims to support Member States in developing proactive policies and implementing action plans that will strengthen the role traditional medicine plays in keeping populations healthy.
Service Delivery and Safety (SDS)
WHO SDS supports countries in moving their health systems towards universal health coverage, through increased access to safe, high quality, effective, people-centred and integrated services.