Research & Evidence

COVID-19 Response and Mitigation: Strategies to maintain essential MNCH and FP/RH Services

This is technical brief provides a summary of MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership’s contributions to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This brief is organized by seven of the 10 World Health Oganization strategies for maintaining essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Prioritize essential health services and adapt to changing contexts and needs.
  • Establish safe and effective patient flow at all levels (which was operationalized in a more general way as “Improved infection Prevention Measures in Health Facilities”).
  • Rapidly optimize health workforce capacity.
  • Maintain the availability of essential medications, equipment, and supplies.
  • Strengthen communication strategies to support the appropriate use of essential services.
  • Strengthen the monitoring of essential health services.
  • Use digital platforms to support essential health service delivery.


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