25 June 2021

Health Emergency Facility

The challenge, In recent years multiple crises have quickly overwhelmed health care systems, leaving them unable to cope with the sudden surge in patients, let alone provide essential primary health care.  The Ebola outbreaks, cholera outbreaks and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the urgent need for rapidly deployable surge health facilities to …, The response ​, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are developing a Health Emergency Facility which can be rapidly deployed and equipped in the event of future disease outbreaks.   During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many ad-hoc health facilities took months to plan, install and operationalize. The new facilities…, 2-3 months, Existing surge health care facilities can take 2-3 months to design, procure and operationalize.  An icon of a document with a tick on it, 2-3 hours, The new Health Emergency Facility will be able to be designed and ordered within hours.   An icon illustrating several tents with a large letter 'H', Within weeks , With prepositioning in regional hubs, new facilities will be able to be set up and provide essential care within weeks. , The Health Emergency Facility, The Health Emergency Facility will include everything needed to set up a screening, isolation and treatment centre in the event of an outbreak, from the physical structure to the medical equipment and medicines, to electricity and water supply.   Using guidelines and a digital planning tool, programme and supply managers will be able to identify,…, The impact​, With epidemics occurring more often and spreading faster and further than ever, having a rapidly deployable Health Emergency Facility available will help prevent small disease outbreaks from becoming global pandemics, potentially saving millions of lives.   Once available, UNICEF aims to use the Health Emergency Facility in response to the COVID-…, Resources, Stories and media coverage