Health workforce

Health Workforce at the sixty-ninth World Health Assembly

The Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly

23 May 2016 - Delegates from WHOs 194 Member States are in Geneva for the Sixty-ninth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) to conduct an annual review of WHO’s activities and set new priorities for the future.

Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers discuss strategies on the future of nursing and midwifery workforce


19 May 2016 - The seventh biennial Global Forum for Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers (GCNMOs) took place in Geneva from 18- 19th May, under the theme of the future of nursing and midwifery. Being at the front line of service delivery, the contribution of nurses and midwives has long been acknowledged as being crucial to strengthening health systems and improving the health outcomes of individuals, families and communities. Their central role has been underlined over the years by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Health Assembly (WHA), with 10 resolutions having been adopted since 1948.

GHWA partners with the world's future health workers to ensure health workers count

From 18-22 May, the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) will support IFMSA host a 5-day youth Pre-World Health Assembly (WHA) workshop for medical students and young people from all over the world. It is an opportunity for over 50 youth delegates to learn about global health diplomacy and governance and deepen knowledge on key topics that will be covered during the 69th WHA. The workshop aims to develop a streamlined plan of action for active and meaningful advocacy and participation at the WHA.

First meeting of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth

WHO/S. Aranga

23 March 2016 - The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth held its first meeting in Lyon today, presided over by H.E. Mr. Francois Hollande, President of France, and H.E. Mr Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa. The meeting brought together a multisectoral group of Commissioners, who have been appointed to make recommendations towards the creation of health and social sector jobs as a means to advance inclusive economic growth.

Announcing the winners of the 2016 International Health Workforce Awards

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 3rd edition of the 2016 International Health Workforce Awards. A call for nominations towards 5 categories (Leadership/ministerial; Emergency responders; Community health care; HRH champions/advocates; and Journalists) was online for two months.
Each category received multiple nominations (total of 51). The shortlisted entries were judged by a selection panel drawn from the GHWA Board.

HRH upcoming events

24 May 2016 – 18:00 to 19:30 | Salle 8, Palais de Nations

Addressing health workforce deficits and stimulating employment and inclusive economic growth: High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth - Towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

26 May 2016 – 18:00 to 20:30 | Ballroom, Hotel Intercontinental

GHWA Gala Reception & Health Workforce Awards Ceremony (by invitation only)

27 May 2016 - 12:30 – 14:00 | Salle 7, Palais de Nations

Progress towards UHC and Sustainable Development

Health workforce and the Sustainable Development Goals – an infographic

HRH Milestones

Health Workforce team and HRH Regional Advisors

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