Health workforce

Health Workforce at the 140th Executive Board

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The 140th Session of the WHO Executive Board (EB), convening in Geneva this week, welcomed the report of the United Nations’ High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2016. It has requested the WHO Director-General, in collaboration with ILO and OECD, to finalize and submit the five year action plan (2017/2021) supporting country driven implementation of its recommendations, for adoption at the 70th session of the World Health Assembly in May 2017

UN Secretary-General's Message on the Report of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth

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Changing populations will generate a demand for 40 million new health worker jobs by 2030. However, most of these jobs will be created in wealthier countries. Without action, there will be a global shortfall of 18 million health workers to achieve and sustain universal health coverage, primarily in low- and lower-middle-income countries.

In response to the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/70/183 on ‘Global Health and Foreign Policy: Strengthening the Management of International Health Crises’ on the 17 December 2015, I established the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth on 2 March 2016 (the “Commission”) and tasked it to propose solutions to this global challenge...

High-Level Ministerial Meeting on Health Employment and Economic Growth concludes with bold commitments to action highlighting increased investments in the health workforce

Geneva, 15 December 2016 - A two day High-level Ministerial Meeting convened by World Health Organisation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Labour Organisation has concluded in Geneva with bold statements committing to action to implement the recommendations of the High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. Twenty-eight statements were presented from governments, professional associations, civil society and the private sector, highlighting increased investments in the health workforce at the national, regional and global levels. At the same time, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution 'Global Health & Foreign Policy: Health Employment & Economic Growth’. The resolution is a clear mandate for Member States to adopt and act upon the Commission’s recommendations.

Call for Commitments to Action and Consultation on the ILO OECD WHO Five-Year Action Plan on Health Employment and Economic Growth

The ILO, OECD and WHO are pleased to invite member States and relevant stakeholders to:review and submit input towards the finalization of a Five-Year Action Plan to support the implementation of the recommendations the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, as well as contribute statements of commitment to action on the Commission’s recommendations.
Deadline for submissions: 17 February 2017.

High-Level Ministerial Meeting on Health Employment and Economic Growth

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A two day High-level Ministerial Meeting, convened by the International Labour Organization, (ILO) , Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and World Health Organization (WHO), will take place in Geneva on 14-15 December. The purpose of the meeting is to agree on a five-year action plan, for further consultation, to support and facilitate the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations. The program will feature decision-makers, leaders, innovators and investors representing all stakeholder groups to actions that can and are being taken to implement the Commission’s recommendations. Participation in the meeting is by invitation only.
The meeting will be streamed live online.

High-Level Commission

Upcoming events

10 February 2017

Creating 2 million new community jobs by 2020 to reach 90-90-90 and accelerate progress towards SDG 3: Forging Collaborative Links with Professional Health Associations,
New York - USA

17 February 2017

Interagency meeting (OECD/ILO/WHO) on health workforce data exchange platform,
Geneva - Switzerland

14 to 16 March 2017

Health workforce consultation meeting for Francophone countries on National Health Workforce Accounts, labor market analysis
Dakar - Senegal

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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