Preparatory meeting of 2013 Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health
16 SEPTEMBER |RECIFE, BRAZIL - The first preparatory meeting of the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health was held on 13-14 September in Recife, Brazil. Select Alliance Board members, high-level officials of the Government of Brazil, WHO and PAHO representatives, select member organizations of the Alliance and other country and agencies representatives participated at the meeting to chalk out early plans and processes for the landmark forum on HRH, which will be held from 10 – 13 November, 2013, at the Pernambuco Convention Centre in Recife, Brazil. Participants agreed to relate the theme of the Third Global Forum to the health workforce dimension of universal health coverage.
The preparatory gathering provided an opportunity to identify the theme of the Forum, which will relate to the health workforce dimension of universal health coverage. The Government of Brazil, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) will be patrons of the Forum, while the Alliance will be its convener. The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in addition to the Government of Brazil, WHO and PAHO, are among the partners who have already committed to support the event organization. A process has been initiated to identify other co-hosts and partners of the conference. Dr David Evans, acting Assistant Director General for Health Systems and Services at WHO, said “WHO fully supports the Third Global Forum on HRH as a critical platform to further the understanding of and building the commitment for the health workforce actions required to achieve universal health coverage”.
“Health is the number one concern of the people of Brazil, and we look forward to welcoming the international community to Recife to advance the global debate on health workforce issues.” – said Governor Campos, of Pernambuco State, Brazil.