Health workforce

High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth: Call for contributions

The ILO, OECD and WHO invites submissions from stakeholders to reflect on the Commission’s ten recommendations and five immediate actions, and provide input on how they would implement them at national, regional and global levels. Contributions are sought from all stakeholder groups and sectors, including health, social protection, education, economics, labour, gender, and human rights.
Contributions will be reviewed and may inform the five-year implementation plan, with selected contributions published and disseminated at the High-Level Ministerial Meeting. Contributions are not limited to any specific set of countries. Contributors may reflect on a country-specific, regional and/or international perspective.

UN Commission: New Investments in Global Health Workforce Will Create Jobs and Drive Economic Growth

20 SEPTEMBER 2016 (New York) – The Presidents of France and South Africa today called for urgent investments globally to create new jobs in the health sector in order to prevent a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers primarily in low- and lower-middle-income countries, and help countries to maximize the social and economic benefits of increased health employment.

The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, chaired by H.E. François Hollande and H.E. Jacob Zuma, today delivered its final report and recommendations to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

WHO guidelines on health policy and system support to optimize community based health worker programmes

WHO

In the last few years, there has been growing interest and attention in the potential of various types of community-based health workers (CHWs) in reducing inequities in access to essential health services, particularly in under-served or excluded, vulnerable populations. The WHO Global Strategy on HRH: Workforce 2030 encourages countries to adopt a diverse, sustainable skills mix, harnessing the potential of community-based and mid-level health workers in inter-professional primary care teams. WHO is in the process of developing guidelines to assist national governments, as well as national and international partners, to improve the design, implementation, performance and evaluation of CHW programmes, contributing to the attainment of universal health coverage and the health SDG targets.

HRH Journal Special supplement “The WHO global code of practice: early evidence of its relevance and effectiveness”

30 June 2016 - The HRH journal has issued a special supplement on “The WHO global code of practice: early evidence of its relevance and effectiveness”. The supplement includes fourteen papers covering destination and source country experiences that add to the evidence on the relevance and effectiveness of the Code, and proposes actions in support of the Expert Advisory Group recommendations to the 68th World Health Assembly.

Triple Impact – how developing nursing will improve health, promote gender equality and support economic growth – new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health

17 October 2016 - A new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health ”Triple Impact – how developing nursing will improve health, promote gender equality and support economic growth” calls for raising the profile of nursing globally and enabling nurses to work to their full potential if countries are to achieve universal health coverage. The report argues that increasing the number of nurses, and developing nursing, will also have the wider triple impact of improving health, promoting gender equality and supporting economic growth.

Foreign Policy and Global Health Network communiqué welcomes United Nations
Secretary-General’s High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth

WHO/S. Aranga

The Ministers of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Network issued a communiqué following the 69th World Health Assembly which welcomed the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth.

Health workforce and the Sustainable Development Goals – an infographic

The power of health workers

Health Workforce team and HRH Regional Advisors

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