Consultation on Human Resources for Health for high income countries

Health workers in hospital

The Health Directorate of Norway and the Global Health Workforce Alliance are hosting a Consultation on Human Resources for Health (HRH) among high income countries (HIC) in Oslo on 5 September 2013. The aim is to create momentum for the Third Global Forum on HRH to enhance the HIC involvement in the global HRH policy challenges and solutions. Concerted action by HIC is required to adequately address their challenges in access to and planning of the health workforce in the context of financial crisis, demographic changes, aging populations, and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and other emerging diseases.

In addition, joint collaboration between the high and low income countries in improving the access to health workers is a pre-requisite for achieving universal health coverage (UHC) and development goals; in this context the implementation of the WHO Code on International Recruitment of Health Personnel represents a key framework for actions to ensure access to health workers globally and in countries, whose full potential is yet to be exploited. Finally, priorities and commitments in development cooperation in health to provide assistance for human resources for health in the countries in need require better coordination and alignment with national strategies and mechanisms.

The Oslo consultation is expected to produce an outline for commitments to be articulated around the actions required to overcome HRH barriers, improve coverage and attain UHC, to be announced at the Third Global Forum. It will also serve as a forum to share experiences on HIC dilemmas in HRH and on models among HIC on tackling issues related to equitable distribution of health workforce – at national and global levels.

The consultation is jointly organized by Norway, WHO and the Alliance. The consultation is by invitation only.