Health workforce


The Commission advocates for the following actions to be undertaken between October 2016 and March 2018.

Political leaders take this report into national, regional and international decision-making forums and make clear commitments towards implementing the recommendations.

The UN Secretary-General considers establishing an appropriate global framework for independent accountability across the SDGs, and ensures that it includes our recommendations.

National governments, led by ministries of health, education, employment and finance:

  • develop intersectoral action plans for and commit budgetary resources to transformative education, skills and job creation;
  • accelerate the progressive implementation and reporting of National Health Workforce Accounts.

The international community supports and makes financial commitments to the massive scaling up of professional, technical and vocational education and training that is required in low-income countries.

ILO, OECD, WHO and relevant partners:

  • develop a five-year implementation plan for the ten recommendations;
  • take further action on national, regional and international commitments and advocacy;
  • establish an interagency global data exchange on the health labour market hosted by the Global Health Observatory;
  • develop an international platform on health worker mobility.

The Commission’s vision is for an expanded, transformed and sustainable health workforce to improve health outcomes, well-being, equity and social cohesion, and foster inclusive economic growth. Addressing 21st century health challenges related to demographic, epidemiological and technological changes will require a health workforce geared towards health promotion, disease prevention, and people-centred, community-based health services.

Heads of state and governments are urged to lead the reform of the health workforce, taking actions for the benefit of all citizens and engaging all stakeholder groups towards the achievement of universal health coverage.