Health workforce

Investing in health workforces: the path towards the SDGs starts here

This week marks a transition from one era of global health and development to the next. Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be agreed by 193 Heads of State and Government at the UN General Assembly in New York this week. As with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), health is rightly recognized as a fundamental human right and driver of development.

Strengthening the WHO nursing and midwifery agenda

Nursing and midwifery has a long and distinguished history within the World Health Organization, reflected through the decisions of governing bodies and the adoption of World Health Assembly (WHA) resolutions which have culminated in 10 WHA resolutions since 1948. Two global meetings on nursing and midwifery where held in Geneva from 15-18 September 2015. The meetings supported the current work on developing a Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 (GSHRH).

Public Consultation - Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030

In May 2014, the 67th World Health Assembly the Director-General to develop and submit a new global strategy on human resources for health to be considered by the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016. This strategy represents a critical component of the WHO strategic vision towards universal health coverage (UHC) in the framework of the post 2015 health development agenda . The public consultation on the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 has now closed. The draft will also be discussed at various global health events as well as a number of WHO regional technical consultations. This global dialogue will inform the continuing improvement of the draft and a final version to be submitted to the WHO Executive Board in January 2016.

WHO honours health workers on world humanitarian day 2015

A tribute to health workers #ThanksHealthHero
On this 12th World Humanitarian Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) is drawing the world’s attention to the contributions and sacrifices of health workers who respond to humanitarian crises.