Maintaining MNCH services during COVID-19: Lessons from 19 countries
Hosted by the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health and Ageing, WHO
Date: 2nd November 2021, from 1.30pm
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO has been engaging with countries to ensure the continuity of essential health services. Through a special initiative, the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health and Ageing has supported 19 countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Uganda and Yemen in their efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on essential MNCH services.
This global event shared and discussed countries’ experiences and lessons learned during the implementation, including establishing structures and systems to coordinate the response and ensure continuity of services, proactive use of data to inform decision-making, adaptation of service delivery and innovation.
This event offered health policymakers, health systems, programme managers, emergency officers, MNCH programme implementers, health professionals, researchers, development and funding partners an opportunity to interact with Ministries of Health and implementers from the 19 countries and enabled discussions to strengthen the health systems, enabling them to rapidly respond and build back better.