Wednesday, June 16, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (EDT)

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted health, lives and livelihoods world-wide, and has generated a social and economic crisis characterized by mass unemployment, increased levels of impoverishment, and exacerbation of longstanding inequities in health. As COVID-19 vaccines are deployed globally, a progressive transition from pandemic response to recovery will require renewed focus on building sustainable, resilient health systems, informed by the COVID-19 response.

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LANGUAGES: The session was in English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation to both languages.

Objective(s) of the meeting: 

This Webinar, organized by the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (OECD), The World Bank and by PAHO/WHO, examined how health systems globally have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, exploring actions to build health systems resilience in a manner that will improve capacity in preparedness and response against future pandemics, while moving towards our overarching goal of ensuring Universal Health.

Brief synthesis of the topics: 
  • Health Systems Response and Resilience: Experiences and Lessons from the OECD
  • Resilience in Health Systems: A perspective from The World Bank
  • Strategy for Health Systems Resilience in the Americas  - PAHO/WHO


Speakers. Brief summary of the curriculum: 
  • Francesca Colombo Head of the Health Division, OECD
  • Zara Shubber Team Leader, Health Systems Resilience, The World Bank
  • James Fitzgerald Director, Health Systems and Services, PAHO/WHO
  • Amalia Del Riego, Chief, Health Services and Access Unit, PAHO/WHO
Heatlh Systems, Health for All, Universal Health
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