IFIC contributes to WHO workshop on the integration of long-term care and primary health care

IFIC Senior Fellow Maggie Langins joined more than 60 participants during the ‘Workshop on integrated delivery of health and social services for older people’ held at the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from December 11 to 13.

Through discussions with 35 country representatives and experts from international organizations including the OECD and WHO headquarters, workshop participants explored different models of integrated delivery of health and social services for long-term care; also challenges in implementation of long-term care reforms and several macro level issues such as gender, workforce labour markets, human rights and migration.

Maggie was invited to represent IFIC and report on findings from the SUSTAIN project – a Horizon 2020 funded project exploring improvement initiatives in delivering integrated services for older people in the European Union. IFIC is one of 13 international, European, research and clinical partners advancing our understanding on how to research and pilot improvements that support people to live at home with complex conditions.

A ‘Roadmap’ based on the SUSTAIN experiences and aimed at supporting policy-makers tasked with the responsibility of supporting the design and implementation of similar services has been prepared and will be launched in February 2019.

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