As countries grapple with COVID-19, strong primary health care can provide a critical first line of defense.

It helps track and stop the spread of local outbreaks while continuing to meet people’s everyday health needs. In the midst of the emergency response, the world cannot afford to ignore other essential health services—such as vaccinations, reproductive, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and TB care, and care for chronic diseases. Letting these services lapse risks losing crucial health gains and leaves millions more vulnerable to preventable and treatable illness. 

Around the world, policymakers, practitioners, advocates and others are finding ways to leverage PHC for pandemic response, and are working to maintain PHC as a comprehensive, coordinated, person-centered resource for people and communities. They are also working to strengthen PHC now to ensure systems are in place to respond to future waves of COVID-19 and other crises and to ensure that PHC is a cornerstone of post-COVID recovery. 

PHCPI provides a space to dialogue with peers around the world who are working to leverage, maintain, and strengthen PHC during the pandemic and into the future through our Online Forum and facilitated Learning Exchanges.

PHCPI Online Forum

As the global community works to combat the threat of Covid 19, we recognize that access to high-quality primary health care is as important as ever. We also know that health system resilience is a continuous process and long-term endeavor, one that will continue as we react to the current pandemic. The PHCPI Online Forum is open to all and serves as a digital community of practice, enabling members to share experiences, tools and approaches related to PHC measurement and improvement to build resilient health systems.

Learning Exchanges

PHCPI, in collaboration with the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN), facilitates two Learning Exchanges under the JLN Network for Open Dialogue and Exchange:

  1. Tranforming the Health System to Prioritize Primary Health Care
  2. Understanding and Utilizing Data in COVID-19 Response and Recovery

These Learning Exchanges convene members from around the world on a monthly basis to address key questions around the priority themes. The Learning Exchanges enable sharing of best and promising practices and promote collaboration to solve challenges brought forward by members on specific implementation issues.