Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly opens

18 May 2015 -- The Sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly kicked of today under the theme of “Building resilient Health Systems”, where officials from 194 Member States begin their annual review of WHOs activities and set new priorities for the future.

Midwives: for a better tomorrow

“We need midwives, we need midwives, we need midwives. No woman in this world should die giving birth. Giving birth should be a precious and pleasant experience.” Dr M. Chan, Director- General WHO, Geneva Dialogue on Midwifery,
27 February 2015

On the International Day of the Midwife, the World health Organization (WHO) and the Global health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), join hundreds of partners worldwide to highlight the importance of midwives’ in the healthcare continuum and celebrate this vital workforce. Midwives work in and across a wide range of settings and make a significant contribution to the wider public health agenda.

Vaccines don’t deliver themselves. It takes a health workforce.

Starting on 24 April, countries across the globe are uniting to celebrate World Immunization Week (24-30 April 2015). Organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the week aims at promoting one of the world’s most powerful tools for protecting health – vaccines. This year’s campaign focuses on closing the immunization gap and reaching equity in immunization levels as outlined in the Global Vaccine Action Plan, which is a framework to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through universal access to vaccines for people in all communities.

Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health

Since early 2014, the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) coordinated a broad-based global consultation, through the development of 8 thematic papers to collate evidence in support of the global strategy on human resources for health (HRH). GHWA held a public consultation from 24 September and 30 November 2014 and invited feedback on the 8 thematic papers.
GHWA summarized the findings of the papers and developed a “synthesis document” to provide recommendations to WHO, to inform the development of the global strategy on HRH. The Synthesis paper was discussed and endorsed by the GHWA board at its 18th Board meeting on 25-26 February 2015.