A chance to take part in pandemic preparedness focus groups

WHO’s independent panel for pandemic preparedness and response is inviting frontline health professionals, including physiotherapists, to take part in a series of focus group discussions.

The focus groups are a collaboration between the panel and the World Health Professionals Alliance (WHPA), and WHPA has created a sign-up formfor interested health professionals to complete by 26 February.

The purpose of the focus group discussions is to hear experiences, reflections, and suggestions from frontline health professionals about the impact of COVID-19 on their work and health, how they have been coping with it, and what needs to change for future pandemics for the national and international systems to better support them. 

Each focus group discussion will be approximately 90 minutes and will take place in March. Language support may be available for some focus groups.
Any physiotherapist who is a member of a World Physiotherapy member organisation is welcome to nominate.

The panel was established by the WHO Director-General in response to World Health Assembly resolution 73.1. Its mission is to provide an evidence-based path for the future, grounded in lessons of the present and the past to ensure countries/territories and global institutions, including WHO, effectively address health threats. The panel began its review in September 2020. It will present a report to the 74th World Health Assembly scheduled for May 2021. 

Please note: the panel is ONLY looking for health professionals who work in specific settings and places are limited. Once the sign-up period is closed and, depending on the demand, WHPA may need to make a selection of volunteers to give to the panel.

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WHO's independent panel for pandemic preparedness and response