The WHO initiative for transformative scale-up of health professional education aims to improve the quantity, quality and relevance of the health workforce in order to achieve universal access to health services and contribute to better population health outcomes.
The WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel was adopted by the 63rd World Health Assembly on 21 May 2010. The Code, which is voluntary in nature, serves as an ethical framework to guide Member States in the recruitment of health workers.
Human resources for health have again been prominent at this year's World Health Assembly. Two resolutions, EB128.R9 Health workforce strengthening and EB128.R11 Strengthening nursing and midwifery, have been submitted and highlight the ongoing commitment of Member States to health workforce development. Following on from the adoption of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel last year, there was also a technical briefing to discuss the challenges and opportunities for implementing and monitoring the implementation of the WHO Code.