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 (held in Bangkok, February 2020) a series of online ADP consultations took place in mid-2020 enabling focus country stakeholders and partners to identify shifting country needs, help 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 provided a starting point in developing opportunities to leverage innovative digital approaches in delivering and extending ADP technical support to countries.
Four focused consultations were organized during July/August 2020. They were designed to support continued dialogue between ADP focus countries, ensure sustained engagement with ADP, as well as providing input into future ADP planning and technical assistance.
National lessons learned along the ADP 'innovation–access–delivery value chain' were 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 online modules focused on four interlinked areas of building strong, resilient and sustainable health systems.