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.
Through this event which calls for action, we will be discussing two new knowledge products:
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
Panelist and topics:
James Fitzgerald, Director of Health Systems and Services (PAHO/WHO) PAHO’s monitoring framework for universal health and results from National Pulse Survey
Kathryn O’Neill, Unit Head, Health services performance assessment, Integrated Health Services, UHC for the Life Course (WHO). Senior Advisor, Health Analysis, Equity Metrics and Evidence (PAHO) Equity-oriented monitoring in the context of universal health
Sebastian Garcia Saiso . Director of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health (PAHO/WHO). Equity-oriented monitoring in the context of universal health
Amalia Del Riego, Unit Chief of Services and Access Unit (PAHO/WHO) Closing remarks
Presentations and recording is available: Monitoring universal health in the era of COVID-19 (Webinar 2. Series on the Essential Public Health Functions)
Publication Launch: "Monitoring Framework for Universal Health in the Americas"
Author Pan American Health Organization 2021
This publication offers general guidelines for technical units of national health authorities, which may adapt them according to their own context and needs. The proposed activities could be implemented in an integrated manner with the technical cooperation work of the Pan American Health Organization and related tools developed to strengthen capacities for monitoring, evaluation, and analysis of transformation processes of health systems to advance toward universal health in the Region of the Americas.