Author: World Health Organization

Published by: World Health Organization

Year: 2020

Type of Document: Guidance

Description: This document expands on the content of the essential health services and systems pillar of the COVID-19 strategic preparedness and response plan: operational planning guidelines to support country preparedness and response, supersedes the earlier Operational guidance for maintaining essential health services during an outbreak, and complements the recently released Community-based health care, including outreach and campaigns, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It supports country implementation of targeted actions at the national, subnational and local levels to reorganize and maintain access to safe and high-quality essential health services. It outlines the adaptations needed to keep people safe and maintain continuity of essential health services during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is intended for decision-makers and managers at the national and subnational levels.