UPDATED: Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health – Public Consultation on the synthesis document

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 has now summarized the findings of the papers and has developed a “synthesis document” to provide recommendations to WHO, to inform the development of the global strategy on HRH. GHWA is inviting feedback and comments on this synthesis document until January 31. Comments can be sent to ghwa@who.int. The synthesis paper will be presented and discussed at the GHWA board at its 18th Board meeting on the 25-26 February 2015.

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.

Do we want a GHWA 2.0?

The WHO/GHWA global strategy process will set the big picture and frame the need for substantive global and national HRH action to be debated and agreed at the WHA in 2016. This is also the time that the mandate for GHWA, hosted by WHO, comes to an end. It is in this context that the GHWA Board needs to set out a direction for transitional steps for the Alliance.

Reversing a global health workforce crisis

In a new Editorial of the WHO Bulletin, authors Michel Sidibé & James Campbell address the urgent need to upgrade our current model of human resources for health and talk us through the requirements of reversing a global health workforce crisis.

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2 - 6 February

2ème Atelier sur la qualité de la formation et la régulation de la profession de sage-femme : progrès réalisés dans les pays francophones
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

8 - 9 February

Midwifery research meeting - Bahrain collaborating centre
Bahrain

23 February

SoWMy Geneva Conference (High-level Meeting: The State of the World’s Midwifery Report 2014 )
Geneva, Switzerland

24 February

Lancet Midwifery Francophone meeting
Geneva, Switzerland

23 - 24 February

Regional Nursing Forum on the future of Nursing
Amman, Jordan

25 - 26 February

18 GHWA Board meeting
Geneva, Switzerland

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