UN Commission: New Investments in Global Health Workforce Will Create Jobs and Drive Economic Growth
20 SEPTEMBER 2016 (New York) – The Presidents of France and South Africa today called for urgent investments globally to create new jobs in the health sector in order to prevent a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers primarily in low- and lower-middle-income countries, and help countries to maximize the social and economic benefits of increased health employment.
The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, chaired by H.E. François Hollande and H.E. Jacob Zuma, today delivered its final report and recommendations to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
WHO guidelines on health policy and system support to optimize community based health worker programmes
In the last few years, there has been growing interest and attention in the potential of various types of community-based health workers (CHWs) in reducing inequities in access to essential health services, particularly in under-served or excluded, vulnerable populations. The WHO Global Strategy on HRH: Workforce 2030 encourages countries to adopt a diverse, sustainable skills mix, harnessing the potential of community-based and mid-level health workers in inter-professional primary care teams. WHO is in the process of developing guidelines to assist national governments, as well as national and international partners, to improve the design, implementation, performance and evaluation of CHW programmes, contributing to the attainment of universal health coverage and the health SDG targets.
HRH Journal Special supplement “The WHO global code of practice: early evidence of its relevance and effectiveness”
30 June 2016 - The HRH journal has issued a special supplement on “The WHO global code of practice: early evidence of its relevance and effectiveness”. The supplement includes fourteen papers covering destination and source country experiences that add to the evidence on the relevance and effectiveness of the Code, and proposes actions in support of the Expert Advisory Group recommendations to the 68th World Health Assembly.
Triple Impact – how developing nursing will improve health, promote gender equality and support economic growth – new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health
17 October 2016 - A new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health ”Triple Impact – how developing nursing will improve health, promote gender equality and support economic growth” calls for raising the profile of nursing globally and enabling nurses to work to their full potential if countries are to achieve universal health coverage. The report argues that increasing the number of nurses, and developing nursing, will also have the wider triple impact of improving health, promoting gender equality and supporting economic growth.
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.
Foreign Policy and Global Health Network communiqué welcomes United Nations
Secretary-General’s High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth
The Ministers of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Network issued a communiqué following the 69th World Health Assembly which welcomed the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth.
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