Health workforce

Fifth Annual World Health Worker Week (April 2-8)

The Fifth Annual World Health Worker Week is yet another opportunity to mobilize communities, partners and policy makers in support of health workers worldwide. We invite all HRH stakeholders to celebrate the week by raising public awareness and engagement on health workforce issues, and recognize the lifesaving contribution of the health workforce.

61st Commission on the Status of Women concludes with a strong pledge to women’s economic empowerment

A strong pledge to women’s economic empowerment came at the closing of the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). UN Member States committed to ensure women’s full and equal participation and leadership in the economy, as well as women’s right to work and rights at work, as a vital step to achieving sustainable development.

One attack on a health worker is one too many – WHO Comment in the Lancet


"Even one attack on health care is too many. Consistent data collection, advocacy with zero tolerance, and the promotion of concrete measures to prevent attacks are priority actions. Substantial health needs continue to be unmet and resources to support and strengthen the health workforce and health system in complex emergencies are stretched to the limit. WHO looks forward to working with all stakeholders to accelerate progress”.

Published Online March 14, 2017 - The Lancet

Zero discrimination in health - care

1 March 2017, Geneva – An effective and integrated health system that is based on the human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination, transparency, accountability and participation is at the heart of the right to health. As we celebrate Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS and WHO are calling for the elimination of discrimination in health care settings which prevents people from accessing and delivering essential health care services.

Health Workforce at the 140th Executive Board

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The 140th Session of the WHO Executive Board (EB), convening in Geneva this week, welcomed the report of the United Nations’ High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2016. It has requested the WHO Director-General, in collaboration with ILO and OECD, to finalize and submit the five year action plan (2017/2021) supporting country driven implementation of its recommendations, for adoption at the 70th session of the World Health Assembly in May 2017

High-Level Commission

Upcoming events

20-21 April, 2017

UHC financing forum
(Parallel session co-organized by USAID, ILO and WHO: “The biggest SDG bang for buck: Maximizing efficiencies in health labor markets.”)
Washington DC, USA

24-28 April 2017

ILO Tripartite Meeting on Improving Employment and Working Conditions in Health Services
(25 April, (12:30- 13:30) Information session on the High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth)
Geneva - Switzerland

Health workforce and the Sustainable Development Goals – an infographic

The power of health workers

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Health Workforce Department
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