What are the Global Health Workforce Alliance and the WHO doing to tackle the crisis?

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One of the key results of the recently concluded Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (organized by GHWA and WHO) was to bolster political commitments on Human Resources for Health (HRH), based on technical evidence, in order to accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage, the attainment of the health MDGs and to advance the HRH agenda in countries and globally.

The GHWA and the WHO Secretariat, in consultation with key partners, developed a template to identify HRH areas and pathways requiring further efforts, and invited WHO Member States, institutions, stakeholders and partners to make new HRH commitments which they could announce at the Forum. The HRH commitment template serves as an advocacy instrument, facilitating policy dialogue around relevant pathways for evidence based HRH actions, and provides adaptable examples structured according to the AAAQ (Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability and Quality) framework. WHO country offices, WHO regional advisers, staff members in the GHWA Secretariat, and selected member organizations of GHWA have supported focal points in national ministries of health to identify HRH commitments. To date, we received 83 commitments (57 from Member States, 26 from other constituencies, entities and organizations). 70 HRH commitments by countries and other stakeholders were presented during the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (HRH) in Recife, Brazil. Examples of some country commitments made:

  • Uganda committed to improve health worker availability, productivity & partnership
  • Togo committed to absorb newly trained health workers & increase MNCH training
  • Tanzania committed to double the number of new health workers & Social Workers produced by 2017
  • South Sudan committed to increased health worker training in 2014
  • Senegal committed to recruit 5,000 new health workers by 2015
  • Nigeria committed to health worker coordination, engagement & improved HRM systems in 2014
  • Mozambique committed to train and absorb 2,000 new mid-level health workers
  • Mali committed to improved health worker skills & availability and HRM systems
  • Malawi committed to increased health worker funding and district-level HRM for 2014
  • Kenya committed to recruit 12,000 new health workers per year for 2014 and beyond
  • Guinea committed to health worker recruitment and improved MNCH
  • Ethiopia committed on health worker training, HRM & workforce planning needs
  • Côte d’Ivoire committed to health worker training, recruitment & for 2014
  • Burundi targets health worker availability, access and HRM systems in 2014 & beyond
  • Burkina Faso commits to strengthening its MNCH workforce for 2014 & beyond
  • Benin commits to health workers for underserved areas

All commitments can be consulted at the GHWA website at:

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