Tuesday, May 18, 2021
10:00 a.m. EDT (US)

To improve public health, health authorities need to evaluate the health status of their communities, identify variations in health status, and analyze the factors contributing to poor health. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged health systems globally, revealing that even robust health systems can be rapidly overwhelmed and compromised by an outbreak.

Against the evolving situation, many countries are facing challenges in the availability of accurate and timely data on the capacities of health systems to ensure access to comprehensive health services and COVID-19 tools. To this end, it is necessary to strengthen assessment capacities for monitoring and evaluation of health systems performance and policies, and health research.

This is the second meeting of the Series of virtual seminars on the Essential Functions of Public Health (EPHF) that proposes monthly meetings throughout all of 2021 and requires prior registration and will also have simultaneous interpretation into English, Spanish, Portuguese and sign language. Check the world clock and time zone defferences here:

Objective(s) of the meeting: 

In this event, the new knowledge products were discussed:

  • PAHO’s monitoring framework for universal health, a tool to inform health system policies that protect everyone.
  • Key results from the 2021 essential health services pulse survey, demonstrating the intersection between universal health and COVID-19.
Brief synthesis of the topics: 
  • PAHO’s monitoring framework for universal health and results from National Pulse
  • The experience of Chile implementing PAHO’s framework for universal
  • WHO’s framework on performance measurement and monitoring for primary health
  • Equity-oriented monitoring in the context of universal
Heatlh Systems, Health for All, Universal Health
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