Health workforce

Health Workers #NotATarget

This World Humanitarian Day, we come together with the millions of people caught in armed conflict. Civilians and health workers are #NotATarget. Most health workers probably don’t think of themselves as humanitarians. But a humanitarian is someone who seeks to promote the welfare of others – and that’s exactly what health workers do every day.

Every attack on healthcare is one too many...

Ireland’s Department of Health Launches Stakeholder Consultation on Draft National Strategic Framework for Health Workforce Planning

The Department of Health is now inviting stakeholder views on the group’s draft report and framework proposals through its online consultation portal.

Working for Health: Five year action plan for health employment & inclusive economic growth adopted at the 70th World Health Assembly


The World Health Assembly today adopted a joint ILO OECD WHO five-year action plan aimed at working with countries and key stakeholders to make progress towards expanding and transforming the health and social workforce to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage, emergency preparedness and response for global health security and inclusive growth, particularly for women and youth.

Working for Health will work with countries and key stakeholders to address the global health and social workforce shortfall and generate powerful socio-economic benefits across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, contributing to better health and well-being (SDG 3), quality education (SDG 4), gender equality (SDG 5) and decent work and inclusive economic growth (SDG 8).

G20 Health outcome statement calls for member states to Invest In Health Workers


The first Meeting of Health Ministers of the Group of Twenty leading industrialised and emerging economies (G20) took place in Berlin on 19 and 20 May 2017. Held under the banner of “Together Today for a Healthy Tomorrow – Joint Commitment for Shaping Global Health”, the two-day meeting focused on combating global health hazards. The Berlin declaration “encourages the investment in building and maintaining a skilled and motivated health workforce as an integral part of functioning and resilient health systems”.

61st Commission on the Status of Women concludes with a strong pledge to women’s economic empowerment

A strong pledge to women’s economic empowerment came at the closing of the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). UN Member States committed to ensure women’s full and equal participation and leadership in the economy, as well as women’s right to work and rights at work, as a vital step to achieving sustainable development.

One attack on a health worker is one too many – WHO Comment in the Lancet


"Even one attack on health care is too many. Consistent data collection, advocacy with zero tolerance, and the promotion of concrete measures to prevent attacks are priority actions. Substantial health needs continue to be unmet and resources to support and strengthen the health workforce and health system in complex emergencies are stretched to the limit. WHO looks forward to working with all stakeholders to accelerate progress”.

Published Online March 14, 2017 - The Lancet

High-Level Commission

Upcoming events

20-21 April, 2017

UHC financing forum
(Parallel session co-organized by USAID, ILO and WHO: “The biggest SDG bang for buck: Maximizing efficiencies in health labor markets.”)
Washington DC, USA

24-28 April 2017

ILO Tripartite Meeting on Improving Employment and Working Conditions in Health Services
(25 April, (12:30- 13:30) Information session on the High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth)
Geneva - Switzerland

Health workforce and the Sustainable Development Goals – an infographic

The power of health workers

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Health Workforce Department
World Health Organization (WHO)
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1211 Geneva 27
Tel: +41 22 791 2542
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