“From brain drain to brain gain” – new project funded by the European Union, launched to mark International Migrants Day

Geneva, 18 December 2014 - The Global Health Workforce Alliance and the Health Workforce Department of the WHO, today launched a new project, supported by the European Commission and co-funded by Norad. From Brain drain to brain gain - Supporting WHO Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel for Better Management of Health Worker Migration has the main objective of improving the management of migration flows from sub-Saharan Africa and Asian countries towards Europe with a special emphasis on the management of labour migration of health personnel. The project proposes innovative activities in 5 countries - Nigeria, India, Uganda, Ireland, South Africa - to serve as model countries and also support policy dialogue at global and regional level, giving the project a wider relevance and impact.

GHWA board calls for long-term investments in health workers in Ebola-affected countries

As at 3 December, 2014 a total of 622 health-care workers (HCWs) are known to have been infected with the Ebola virus, 346 of whom have died. The personal sacrifice of so many health workers must not be in vain. The Board of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) notes that the Ebola crisis has uniquely demonstrated how health workers are at the core of providing essential health services, responsive to populations’ needs, yet compromised by weak health systems, long-term neglect and under-investment.

Health Partners Unite to Build Stronger Systems for Health in Ebola-Affected Countries

Ebola outbreak
WHO /Winnie Romeril

12 December 2014 ¦ GENEVA On December 10 and 11, Ministers of Health and Finance of Ebola-affected countries, international organizations and development partners assembled for a high-level meeting on how to strengthen systems of health in Ebola-affected countries and agreed on what needs to be done to rebuild and strengthen essential health services in these countries.

500+ Organizations Launch Global Coalition to Accelerate Access to Universal Health Coverage

12 December 2014 – A new global coalition of more than 500leading health and development organizations worldwide is urging governments to accelerate reforms that ensure everyone, everywhere, can access quality health services without being forced into poverty. The coalition was launched today, on the first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day, to stress the importance of universal access to health services for saving lives, ending extreme poverty, building resilience against the health effects of climate change and ending deadly epidemics such as Ebola.



15 - 16 December

The Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anaesthesia Care (The G4 Alliance) Board Meeting and Strategic Planning Session
London, England

17 - 18 December

Inception meeting HRH EC Migration project
Geneva, Switzerland

18 December

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