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Preparing for Long COVID: COVID-19 and health systems strengthening

Tuesday 02 March 2021 from 12:00-13:00 CET

A proportion of people who contract COVID-19 experience persisting ill health that can have a serious impact on their ability to resume work and social lives. Available estimates show that about a quarter of those with COVID-19 suffer from symptoms 4–5 weeks after testing positive, with about one in 10 experiencing symptoms after 12 weeks. What can health systems do to prepare for the treatment of this sudden new cohort of patients? How can patients develop a voice in formulating a health system response? How can we adapt diagnostic and therapeutic guidelines? What sort of surveillance and monitoring do we need for Long COVID? Join us in this webinar to find out more about Long COVID and the implications for health system strengthening.


Nisreen Alwan, University of Southampton, UK (keynote)

Anna Kemp, Spanish LongCovid Collective, Spain

Elisa Perego, Long Covid Patient Advocate, Italy

Carolyn Chew-Graham, Keele University, UK


Matthias Wismar & Erica Richardson (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies)

This webinar is part of a series of webinars which draws lessons from country experiences based on the COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) - a joint undertaking with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission and the European Observatory. The COVID-19 HSRM builds on the expertise of the Health Systems and Policy Monitor network and the WHO Country Offices and the knowledge and work of colleagues in the Regional Office and DG SANTE who are dealing with the pandemic and supporting countries. The webinar series is indebted to them all.

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