GHWA Statement on Mr Glenn Thomas,
WHO Media Officer who died in the MH17 plane

It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that we lost one of our colleagues at WHO on the Malaysian Airlines crash last week. Glenn Thomas from the Department of Communications at WHO was travelling to the International AIDS Conference in Australia. His twin sister says he died doing what he loved.

Message from the Executive Director, Global Health Workforce Alliance

Dear friends,
I feel very privileged to be writing this message as the Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA). GHWA has spent eight years convening its multi-constituency membership, sharing knowledge and creating innovation around health workforce issues, and has established itself has an effective global health advocate. I look forward to building on GHWA's record of achievement and working with you all to achieve additional progress in the coming years.

Call for comments - Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality

4 July 2014 – WHO is inviting comments on a draft paper "Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality”. We encourage Alliance members and partners to participate in this exercise and send in comments before 31 July 2014. The paper is the outcome of a recent Consultation on targets and strategies for ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM)”. The meeting generated a shared understanding of the need for a specific global target for reducing maternal mortality, focusing on the ultimate goal of ending all preventable maternal deaths.

67th World Health Assembly endorses the Recife Political Declaration


Geneva – 25 May 2014 - In a historic move, the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly endorsed the commitments and the call to action outlined in the “Recife Political Declaration on Human Resources for Health: renewed commitments towards universal health coverage”, adopted at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health. With this step, the world's nations acknowledge the global dimension and complexities of the health workforce crisis, and the interconnected nature of both the problems and the solutions necessary for the achievement of universal health coverage.