Health systems strengthening in the context of COVID-19:
Identifying priorities for access and delivery

South–South Stakeholder Online Consultation

July/August 2020


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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of ensuring equitable access to health services, as well as increasing availability of medicines, vaccines and diagnostic tools in response to both established and emerging health threats.

Building on the recent ADP South–South Exchange (Bangkok, February 2020) a series of online ADP consultations will take place enabling focus country stakeholders and partners to identify shifting country needs to ensure continued access and delivery of vital health technologies, and assess available options to ensure sustainability and resilience of health systems.

The consultation series also offers a starting point in developing opportunities to leverage innovative digital approaches in delivering and extending ADP technical support to countries.

About this Online Consultation Series

National lessons learned along the ADP 'innovation–access–delivery value chain' will be shared to help countries grappling with minimizing the impact of COVID-19 and mitigating disruptions to other essential health programmes and services, including those addressing tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

This mini-series of four online modules focuses on interlinked areas of building strong, resilient and sustainable health systems:

Module 1

Integrated, multisectoral planning and implementation research
Integrated planning, policies and implementation are essential in the context of enabling effective pandemic responses while safeguarding the overall functioning of national health systems.

Led by: TDR and UNDP
Wednesday 1st July

Module 2

Value-based planning and procurement of health technologies
In response to COVID-19, many health systems are required to rapidly expand procurement, supply chain, and management systems to ensure PPE, diagnostics, biomedical equipment, essential medicines, consumables and, one day, vaccines are available where and when they are needed.

Led by: PATH
Wednesday 15th July

Module 3

Promoting regulatory system preparedness
Some countries have started accelerated or emergency regulatory approvals for COVID-19-related health technologies. What are the most pressing needs of countries for effective regulatory systems strengthening?

Led by: WHO
Wednesday 29th July

Module 4

The building blocks for digital health interventions
Innovations in digital platforms are being increasingly adopted in ADP countries for monitoring health-related stocks and storage, improving data management, strengthening of cold-chain systems and as training tools for health personnel at all levels.

Led by: UNDP and PATH
Wednesday 12th August

*Each module will start at 09:00am Accra/11:00am Geneva/16:00pm Bangkok/Jakarta and last for 90–120 minutes.

About ADP

The Access and Delivery Partnership (ADP) brings together the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and PATH in a unique collaboration to help countries build and strengthen the health systems that will achieve health and well-being for all.

Since 2013 – with the generous financial support of the Government of Japan – ADP has been working across a range of sectors and disciplines to accelerate access and delivery of new health technologies for tuberculosis (TB), malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), supporting efforts in focus countries to realize universal health coverage.

ADP focus countries are currently Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Senegal, the United Republic of Tanzania and Thailand.