In 2009, the health professional associations accredited to the Commonwealth formed the Commonwealth Health Professions Alliance (CHPA).
The CHPA consider that by working together they can more efficiently and effectively represent and support health professionals in Commonwealth countries and promote high standards of care and equity in access to care for Commonwealth peoples.
Commonwealth Health Professions Alliance
The WHO has also developed an app using WhatsApp that can be downloaded to your mobile phone that answers common questions; challenges inaccurate myths; provides the latest numbers; and shares the latest news including travel advice. To download the app go to: https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/who-health-alert-brings-covid-19-facts-to-billions-via-whatsapp
2020 Civil Society Policy Forum
Due to the social distancing and travel restrictions currently in place across Commonwealth countries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Commonwealth Civil
Society Policy Forum will be held as a digital forum. Further information will be available as soon as possible.
To stay updated and informed in the midst of an unprecedented inflow of information, some of it inaccurate, the best and most reliable source of information is the World Health Organisation. Every health professional should regularly access the WHO website for the latest information. Go to: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019.
The WHO has developed short online courses in a range of languages for health workers to update their knowledge and skill to keep them safe. These courses are self-paced and free. Go to: https://openwho.org/courses/.
There is also a wide range of guidance material which can be downloaded from the WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance. Guidance material includes the Rights, Roles and Responsibilities of health workers; occupational health and safety; use of masks and PPE; providing home care for people with COVID-19
2019 Civil Society Policy Forum
The 2019 Commonwealth Civil
Society Policy Forum was held Saturday 18 May, supported by the Commonwealth Foundation and
the International Disability and Development Consortium. The theme of the Forum was: Universal health coverage:leaving no-one behind.
The Forum and a pre-forum survey generated a range of recommendations which were shared with Commonwealth Health Ministers at their meeting the following day. Below are the presentations from the eminent speakers and the recommendations which went to Commonwealth Health Ministers.
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