IntraHealth commends WHO for its progress in supporting Member States to implement Resolution 69.24 including important position papers on integration, health innovation, and continuity of care. Strengthening integrated, people-centered health services is critical for progress on all health issues and the SDGs. Progress can continue only if the patient, the health worker delivering services, and the community in which they live are at the center of efforts to strengthen health systems and achieve universal health coverage.
We applaud WHO for its efforts to encourage Member States and civil society to participate in the robust IntegratedCare4People platform designed to further operationalize the integrated, people-centered health services framework. People deserve basic primary health care that takes into consideration their concerns, wants, and needs. Communities with the least access to the essential health services provided by frontline health workers are by-in-large the same communities with the greatest burden of diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, maternal and child mortality, and—as we tragically witnessed during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa—the greatest vulnerability to disease outbreaks.