28-30 April 2014
International consultation on workers’ health coverage
This three-day meeting focused on interventions, indicators and service delivery coinciding with the International Day for Health and Safety at Work and aimed to identify policy options, strategies, and mechanisms to scale up coverage of workers. The objective was to develop criteria and indicators for measuring the access of workers to interventions for prevention and control of occupational and work-related diseases and injuries. The meeting also aimed to draw an international road map and voluntary targets for scaling up coverage of workers with preventive health services.
1 billion workers
nearly one in three – live below the poverty line of US$2
1/3 of countries only have programmes to address occupational diseases
Its costs 18-60 PPP$ per worker for effective essential interventions and basic health services to prevent occupational and work-related diseasesStrengthening of health surveillance of working populations
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
28 April 2014
WHO calls for scaling up of workers' health coverage
On the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, WHO is urging countries and the global community to extend health coverage for all workers, including farmers and artisans, as well as contractual and migrant workers in the informal sector.