Alliance e-newsletter - March 2013


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March 2013

Message from the Executive Director


Dear friends,
 
Preparations for the 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health are gaining momentum. The Forum Working Group met for the second time last month, to discuss the technical programme, HRH commitments and logistics aspects of the Forum.  A report will be made available shortly. We’d like to thank all those who contributed towards the WHO Bulletin call for papers on HRH. The Bulletin has received over 70 entries, which are currently being reviewed by its editorial board.
 
We were delighted at the success of our recent meeting on Health Labour Market Analysis, jointly hosted by the Alliance, the World Bank and the African Development Bank - which took forward an analytical study aiming to address the HRH situation in Africa using the health labor market analytical framework.
 
As we are at the heels of World Health Workers Week and MDG Momentum– I encourage you to use these moments to accelerate HRH actions towards the 2015 target date for the MDGs - to ensure that all people everywhere have access to a skilled, motivated and supported health worker.

We look to your continued support and dedication to advance the health workforce agenda within the universal health coverage paradigm.

Dr. Mubashar Sheikh

Highlights

Infographics on the Millennium Development Goals - MDG5

1000 days to accelerate action on HRH until the 2015 target date for the MDGs


On 5 April, the UN and partners worldwide will observe the 1,000-day mark to the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). There are NOW, 1,000 days to accelerate action on saving more lives of mothers and children, increasing targeted investments in health and improving access to health services. We encourage you to use MDG Momentum and World Health Workers Week to accelerate HRH actions towards the 2015 target date for the MDGs - to ensure that all people everywhere have access to a skilled, motivated and supported health worker.

World Health Worker Week

World health Workers Week (April 8 – 12)

Engagement toolkit available in English, French and Spanish


The Alliance, as part of its strategy for 2013 – 2016, is working in partnership to launch a global HRH movement– Health Workers Count - to increase awareness on health workforce issues and elicit new HRH commitments ahead of the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health. From April onwards - through popular mobilization, advocacy events and media we want everyone to be seeing and hearing about health workers everywhere they turn.  While a formal launch of the movement will take place in May 2013, (during the World Health Assembly), in April we’re asking you to take part in a “soft launch” and join worldwide efforts around World Health Worker Week (8 – 12 April) to support, appreciate and raise awareness of the important role of health workers everywhere. 
Access the toolkit and supporting materials

Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

The Forum Working Group convened for the second time in Washington DCThe Forum Working Group convenes for the second time in Washington DC

Hosted by the Pan American Health Organization in Washington DC. the second meeting of the Forum Working Group was held with representatives from the Global Health Workforce (GHWA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO), the Ministry of Health of Brazil, JICA, Save the children, AMREF, USAID and various other partner institutions.Read about the background paper of the forum, the Forum thematic plenary and much more on the Forum web site

News in brief

The new study is likely to help improve HRH policy making, planning, financing and management practices.Health Labour Market Analysis Regional Workshop, Hammamat, Tunisia


At a recent regional workshop on “Health Labour Market Analysis” in Tunis, the Global Health Workforce Alliance, the World Bank and the African Development Bank jointly took forward an analytical study aiming to address the HRH situation focusing on Africa and using the health labour market analytical framework.  Read more

Dr. Francis Omaswa, founding Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance, receives Pauline Muhuhu Leadership Award


Alliance member IntraHealth joined Uganda’s Ministry of Health last month in Kampala to honor a group of individuals who work on the front lines of health care. They are role models not only for their coworkers, but for future generations of Ugandan health workers as well. Dr. Francis Omaswa was awarded the Pauline Muhuhu Leadership Award for tirelessly championing health workers.  These awardees were nominated by their communities and colleagues for going above and beyond the call of duty. Read more

Call for papers: “Right Time, Right Place: Improving access to health service through effective retention and distribution of health workers”


Health Workforce Australia will be sponsoring a peer-reviewed thematic series on how countries can keep scarce skills in the system by effective retention strategies, and how they can enable them to be deployed where they can best make a positive difference to population health. This series - “Right Time, Right Place: Improving access to health service through effective retention and distribution of health workers,” - will be published in the peer-reviewed journal Human Resources for Health. Read more

The patient, pictured here with a birth attendant and a community health worker, is an active participant in her own well-being. We’ve made staggering progress in maternal health in Bangladesh. Where next? 

By Dr. Kaosar Afsana, BRAC

Read more on the BRAC's web site. Not long ago, Bangladesh had one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. In rural Bangladesh, an expectant mother’s chance of survival was grim, with 500 to 600 women for every 100,000 live births in the country dying from complications during childbirth in 1990. In the last 20 years, Bangladesh has made progress of historic magnitude – “some of the biggest gains in the basic condition of people’s lives ever seen anywhere,” in the words of The Economist.

How to save 3.6 million children each year? Invest in community health workers
 

Utilizing community health workers (CHW) to deliver health services to women and families can significantly improve the health of children and potentially save 3.6 million children's lives each year. Read this great blog by our member at JPEGIO.

HRH in the press this month

Creating A Workforce For The New Health Care World, by Senator Thomas Daschle, Health Affairs Blog, 7 March

Workplaces and health systems must become 'age friendly - Workplace Savings & Benefits, 27 March

Advancing the Public Health System by Defining the Foundational Capabilities of Public Health by Jeffrey Levi, The Huffington Post, 25 Feb

Missing Inaction: The National Health Care Workforce Commission by John McDonough, 25 February

PNG grapples with ageing health workforce, IRIN News, 14 March

Events


World Health Day
7 April

World health Workers Week
8-12 April

Global Health and Innovation Conference, Unite for Sight, Connecticut, USA
13-14 April

European Immunization Week
20-27 April

World Malaria Day
25 April
More events

Knowledge


Healthcare Inequity and Physician Scarcity - Empowering Non-Physician Healthcare
Article published in Economic & Political Weekly

Health workforce remuneration: comparing wage levels, ranking, and dispersion of 16 occupational groups in 20 countries
Article published in Human Resources for Health 2013, 11:11

Health workforce remuneration: comparing wage levels, ranking, and dispersion of 16 occupational groups in 20 countries
Article published in Human Resources for Health 2013, 11:13

Increasing skilled birth attendance through midwifery workforce management
Article published in the International Journal of Health Planning and Management

Working for Health Equity: The Role of Health Professionals
Healthcare system and workforce’s role in reducing health inequalities through action on the social determinants of health.

World Health Worker Week - An engagement toolkit
Avocacy toolkit - part of the Health Workers Count campaign

More resources from the Alliance knowledge centre
Visit the HRH Global Resource Center

Multimedia
 

2nd Forum Working Group meeting - Washington, DC


Forum working group meeting: photo gallery on Alliance Flickr

MDG Momentum


Infographics

MDG Momentum - infographics
Download all 8 MDG Momentum infographics.

Video

UN Secretary-General's video message about the need to accelerate action on the MDGs
View UN Secretary-General's video message about the need to accelerate action on the MDGs

Photo rally

UN staff and partners are tweeting photos that illustrate the local impacts that MDGs have for communities around the world.
From Friday 5 April, 8:00am EDT to Saturday 6 April, 1:00am EDT, UN staff and partners are tweeting photos that illustrate the local impacts that MDGs have for communities around the world. Join the Rally.

Watch the Health Workforce playlist on the Alliance YouTube channel

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