Webinar No. 2 - 18 May, 2021: Monitoring universal health in the era of COVID-19

To improve public health, health authorities need to evaluate the health status of their communities, identify variations in health status, and analyze the factors contributing to poor health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged health systems globally, revealing that even robust health systems can be rapidly overwhelmed and compromised by an outbreak.

Against the evolving situation, many countries are facing challenges in the availability of accurate and timely data on the capacities of health systems to ensure access to comprehensive health services and COVID-19 tools.

To this end, it is necessary to strengthen assessment capacities for monitoring and evaluation of health systems performance and policies, and health research.

Through this event which calls for action, we will be discussing two new knowledge products:

  • PAHO’s monitoring framework for universal health, a tool to inform health system policies that protect everyone
  • Key results from the 2021 essential health services pulse survey, demonstrating the intersection between universal health and COVID-19


May 18, 2021, 10:00 - 12:00 AM (EDT)

Panelist and topics:

  • James Fitzgerald, Director of Health Systems and Services (PAHO/WHO) PAHO’s monitoring framework for universal health and results from National Pulse Survey
  • Kathryn O’Neill,  Unit Head, Health services performance assessment, Integrated Health Services, UHC for the Life Course (WHO). Senior Advisor, Health Analysis, Equity Metrics and Evidence (PAHO) Equity-oriented monitoring in the context of universal health 
  • Sebastian Garcia Saiso . Director of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health (PAHO/WHO). Equity-oriented monitoring in the context of universal health
  • Amalia Del Riego, Unit Chief of Services and Access Unit (PAHO/WHO) Closing remarks