Parallel Sessions Overview

Thursday, 27 January 2011 - 15:30-17:30

  • From Kampala to Bangkok: Marking progress, forging solutions
    A focus on the issues, experiences, initiatives of people and institutions that lead health workforce development at the country level. The session approaches the topic through looking at three components of effective leadership: strategic vision, capacity to lead and accountability to the public and to partners.
  • Serving in the frontlines: personal experiences and country strategies for retention of HRH in rural areas
    In many of the HRH crisis countries, rural and remote areas battle most with the challenges of acute shortages of health workers. High-income countries are also concerned with the inequitable distribution, and this session addresses these issues with first-hand experiences of practitioners working in remote and rural areas.
  • Will the WHO Global Code stop the brain drain? What will it take to succeed?
    The WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel was adopted by the 63rd World health Assembly. It marks the first voluntary code developed under WHO in 30 years, and needs implementation strategies and involvement of all stakeholders to be successful.
  • Do GHIs contribute to equity in access to HRH?
    Global Health Initiatives (GHIs) have the ability to mobilise huge amounts of financial resources which can contribute constructively and positively to national HRH plans. But the HRH crisis hinders the scale-up of service delivery, and is a hurdle to effective implementation of GHI-supported programmes. This session will analyse GHI supported programmes, and their impact on national health systems.
  • Economic Fluctuations, universal health coverage and the health workforce
    Economic fluctuations can affect the health sector and its workforce in a variety of ways, and largely depends on government reaction with economic and social protection policies. This session will address health workforce spending, discuss information on aid flows, and evaluate possible ways of moving closer to universal coverage, despite economic fluctuations and changing donor interests.
  • Overcoming HRH crisis in conflict and post-conflict situations
    In conflict and post-conflict situations, an HRH crisis easily arises. Health workers are sometimes killed and threatened; some of them are also obliged to leave the country. This session will explore HRH issues in conflict situations, and methods to support health workers in crisis situations.
  • High Level Roundtable: Working together for health workers
    A meeting which aims to generate high-level political commitment on the principles of increased investment in HRH as a pre-requisite for MDG progress.

Friday, 28 January 2011 - 10:30-12:30

  • Building Capacity to Translate HRH Evidence into Action to Sustain HRH Policy, Decisions and System Strengthening
    Building capacity at the country level to translate HRH evidence into action is absolutely critical to sustain HRH policy, decisions and system strengthening. The HRH field also needs to consolidate lessons learned and promising practices to build this capacity. This session aims to explore ways to build capacity to translate HRH evidence into action.
  • Innovative solutions for strengthening HRH information systems
    The availability, accessibility and use of data and information on human resources for health (HRH) is crucial for evidence-based decision making when addressing HRH challenges. Many sources can potentially produce valuable data for HRH measurement and monitoring, and this session is dedicated to strengthening health workforce information systems.
  • Scaling HRH towards equity
    The shortage of qualified staff in low- and middle-resource countries has reached a crisis point, and represents a major barrier to achieving the health-related MDGs. Countries and the international community is committed to a rapid and effective scale-up to the health workforce, and this session will cover global efforts and successful country examples.
  • Seeking the stamp of good quality? Imperatives of HRH regulation and accreditation
    While regulation needs competent, dedicated and well-remunerated professionals in the public sector, unfortunately in some developing countries, public sector is weak and lacks guidelines for regulation and proper governance. This session will explore the best ways of developing international standards for regulating all health professionals.
  • Financing health worker education and training
    For many countries, the current levels of health worker production and investment in continuing education fall very short of requirements for minimal access to essential health care. Responding to this deficit requires a substantial financial increase in education investment and training, as well as optimal use of available resources. This session delves into this area’s current debates.
  • Dedicated Spirit: The Charm and Charisma of HRH
    Information about this parallel session will be made available shortly.
  • "The UN Secretary General Global Strategy for Women's and Children's health: will anything be done about the workforce?"
    The impact of the health workforce crisis on the health of women and children is a powerful issue on the global development agenda, particularly with health systems, and MDG 4 and 5. This session will assess health crisis issues in relation to maternal, newborn and child health issues, as well as review the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

Friday, 28 January 2011 - 15:30-17:00