Resilience to dealing with COVID-19: university perspective in a low-income health Brazilian region

Resiliência ao lidar com a COVID-19: perspectiva universitária em uma região brasileira de saúde de baixa renda

Resiliencia para lidiar con COVID-19: perspectiva universitaria en una región brasileña de salud de bajos ingresos

Bruno Bastos Godoi Delba Fonseca Santos About the authors


The COVID-19 pandemic draws into focus the need to rebuild resilient health systems with increased access to quality health services. Reaction ability to changing demand is crucial. Resilience is relevant because all countries have vulnerable communities. One could push the argument further, using as an example the resilience particularly present on the agenda of meetings of the World Health Organization. More critical than ever, it is to take stock of the lessons learned. The stakeholders need to work together to accelerate progress towards universal access to essential health information through resilience. Regarding major societal challenges, which have a local dimension, universities have a key role to play in the knowledge creation of innovative products and services. The need for timely, accurate, and reliable data about the Vale do Jequitinhonha in the health system is unarguably overdue for a real-time, technology-driven, surveillance and reporting infrastructure to respond effectively to public health emergencies. Health system resilience is one of the focuses in low-income region framework and it is an indispensable university strategy for managing the health risks of older adults, and chronic disease patients. COVID-19 can cause disruption in health systems. Disruptions to health service infrastructure can result in loss of life, negative economic impact, and harm to communities. Focused actions include investing in Primary Health Care (PHC) and this encompasses basic preventive, promotive, and curative health cares for enhancing the health status of the people by reducing morbidity and mortality rates. Given the key role of such information for health, the university located in a low-income health region has a fundamental role. The reflections and shreds of evidence showed during this essay can serve as a framework for health policies in post-pandemic reality and university acting in the population.

Resilience; COVID-19; Medical Education; Education Higher; Primary Health Care

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