The Executive Board (EB) of the WHO is convening this week (January 25- 30) for its 138th session, to agree on the agenda and resolutions to be discussed at the World Health Assembly in May 2016. Several health workforce items are tabled for discussion.
To celebrate the successful completion of the Global Health Workforce Alliance’s ten-year mandate (2006-May 2016), the Global Health Workforce Alliance is organizing the International Health Workforce Awards to recognize outstanding health workers and individuals who have demonstrated significant achievements in the field of human resources for health (HRH).
The awards will be given under the following categories (1 per category):
Leadership/ministerial, Emergency responders, Community health care, HRH champions/advocates and Journalists
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. The Organization is now in the process of developing and finalizing its Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery for the period 2016-2020.
In the early hours of 3 October, rockets slammed into a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing at least 14 health workers and injuring 37. An MSF clinic in the southern Yemen city of Taiz was bombed on 2 December, injuring 9 people, including 2 MSF staff. Since 2012, almost 60% of hospitals in Syria have been partially or completely destroyed, and more than half of the country’s health workers have fled or been killed.
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.