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  In WHO global pulse survey, 90% of countries report disruptions to essential health services since COVID-19 pandemic

WHO global pulse survey published

31 August 2020

World Health Organization (WHO) published a first indicative survey on the impact of COVID-19 on health systems based on 105 countries’ reports. Data collected from five regions over the period from March to June 2020 illustrate that almost every country (90%) experienced disruption to its health services, with low- and middle-income countries reporting the greatest difficulties.  Most countries reported that many routine and elective services have been suspended, while critical care – such as cancer screening and treatment and HIV therapy – has seen high-risk interruptions in low-income countries.

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Download the report: Pulse survey on continuity of essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic: interim report, 27 August 2020

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