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Preparedness in the Pacific - ETC Situation Report #6, Reporting period 01/07/2020 to 31/07/2020

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Highlights

• The first interim guidance document for Pacific Island Counties (PICs) outlining the use of digital health tools and systems in the response to COVID-19 is now available to view here.

• The ETC in the Pacific is providing technical expertise to support a UN Population Fund (UNFPA) telehealth project for communities on the remote outer Pacific islands.

• A new ETC Coordinator for the Pacific took up the post on 20 July.

ETC Activities

• The first interim guidance document for Pacific Island Counties (PICs) outlining the use of digital health tools and systems for the health sector response to COVID-19 is now available to view here. The guidance is the outcome of continued collaboration with the health services delivery team of the Joint Pacific COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT), led by WHO.

• The ETC in the Pacific provided technical expertise to a UN Population Fund (UNFPA) telehealth project involving service delivery for sexual and reproductive health services. The ETC advised on delivery modality solutions in the context of social distancing. When implemented, the telehealth service will cater to patients on remote outer Pacific islands, taking into consideration the context of COVID-19