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WHO Releases Interim Guidance on Monitoring the Effect of COVID-19 on Essential Health Services

January 2021

Emmanuel Attramah, PMI Impact Malaria

On January 14, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new interim guidance to help national and sub-national decision-makers monitor and analyze the impact of COVID-19 on essential health services.

The guide, Analyzing and Using Routine Data to Monitor the Effects of COVID-19 on Essential Health Services, provides practical recommendations on how to use key performance indicators to analyze changes in the delivery of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic; how to visualize and interpret these data; and how to use the findings to guide modifications for safe delivery of services and transition towards restoration and recovery.

The guidance was developed in close partnership with UNICEF, as well as USAID’s multi-award MOMENTUM project and other key partners. MOMENTUM staff were involved in several different working groups contributing to the guidance reflected in the document, along with partners from across UN agencies, donors, academic institutions, and implementation partners.

Learn more about MOMENTUM’s work on COVID-19.

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