Third round of the global pulse survey on continuity of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic: November–December 2021: interim report, 7 February 2022
To better understand the extent of essential health service disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO has conducted three rounds of the Global pulse survey on continuity of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report presents global findings from 129 countries, territories and areas that participated in the third round of the survey during November - December 2021. The findings offer critical insight from country key informants into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on essential health services, the challenges health systems are facing to ensure access to essential COVID-19 tools (including COVID-19 diagnostics, COVID-19 therapeutics, COVID-19 vaccines and personal protective equipment), and how countries are responding to mitigate disruptions, recover services, and strengthen health service resilience over the long-term.
This survey follows up on previous WHO pulse surveys on essential health service disruptions, including: the Global pulse survey on continuity of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic ( Round 1 and Round 2); Rapid assessment on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on noncommunicable disease resources and services; Rapid assessment on the impact of COVID-19 on mental, neurological and substance use services; and 2020 pulse surveys on immunization (Round 1 and Round 2).