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Protecting older people in nursing homes: Lessons learned from the COVID-19 first wave

Tuesday 15 December 2020 from 12:00-13:00 CET

Across Europe, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated pre-existing problems in the long-term care sector. Nursing homes have long faced a myriad of financial, staffing, and operational difficulties. The pandemic has ushered in new concerns and, in many countries, nursing home residents have been especially vulnerable to COVID-19. What can we learn from the measures taken during the first wave? And, given the need to understand how governments and the sector itself can strengthen long-term care systems both now and into the future, what can we learn in order to develop a more resilient long-term sector post-COVID? Join us in this webinar to learn more about tackling COVID-19 in nursing homes.


Margrieta Langins, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Christian Berringer, Federal Ministry of Health, Germany

Henk Nies, Vilans – National Centre of Expertise for Long-Term Care, the Netherlands


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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