Challenges and Solutions to Protecting the Health Workforce During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Strategies and Lessons Learned | Seminar on July 8, 2020

JOINT EVENT of ACCESS TO COVID-19 TOOLS-Accelerator (ACT-A) HEALTH SYSTEMS GROUP

Wednesday, July 08, 2020  | 8:30am – 10:00am DC Time

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Background

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected Health Care Workers (HCWs) worldwide. Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), coupled with insufficient measures for infection prevention and control (IPC), Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), and psychosocial support has resulted in high rates of COVID-19 infection amongst HCWs, as well as increased instances of violence and stigma against HCWs. The high rate of infection amongst HCWs has depleted the health workforce in many countries and led to disruptions in delivery of essential health services.

Objective of Seminar

The objective of the seminar is to initiate a discussion on the challenges and solutions to protecting the health workforce amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The session will discuss the COVID-19 tools and lessons learned in protecting HCWs during the pandemic – including lessons in distribution and utilization of PPE for HCWs, mainstreaming WASH and IPC strategies in health facilities, implementing financial protection schemes for HCWs, psychosocial support as well as other operational and training needs to protect the health workforce.

Facilitators:

Feng Zhao, Practice Manager, HNP, Global Engagement WBG

Marijke Wijnroks, Chief of Staff, Global Fund

Agnes Soucat, Director of Health System Governance and Financing, WHO

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