Tuesday, 26 September 2023 | 16:30-17:45 | Kursaal
This session will highlight the critical role of primary health care (PHC) in fostering health system resilience. The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic affirmed PHC’s key role in alleviating patient burden in acute care settings, facilitating an efficient emergency response and ensuring the continuity of health care provision. Trust, civil society engagement, and the involvement of community health workers, all of which are fundamental aspects of PHC, emerged as key elements for reinforcing resilience. The inherent strength of multi-disciplinary team-based PHC lies in its ability to address both individual and population health needs, making it indispensable at the frontline during health emergencies. In addition, as evidence shows, PHC often serves as an engine of innovation, adaptation and transformation within the health system. Team-based PHC settings are thus a bedrock for enhancing emergency preparedness and strengthening overall system resilience while at the same time supporting a future-oriented approach towards health care delivery.