Online Public Consultation towards the Development of WHO Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery 2016-2020
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.
We invite you to provide feedback via our online consultation. The document will be available for consultation from 14 November – 7 December 2015.
New analysis demonstrates OECD countries reliance on foreign-trained health professionals and reinforces messages outlined in the upcoming WHO Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health 04 November 2015 - The latest edition of Health at a Glance 2015: OECD Indicators* released today by OECD finds that since 2000, in nearly all OECD countries, the number of doctors and nurses has grown both in absolute number and on a per capita basis. The report also confirms a heavy reliance on foreign-trained health professionals in response to short term needs.
In the last few months, a number of attacks against health-care workers, medical transports and facilities have taken place in several countries, like Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen to mention a few. These incidents are taking place in countries with fragile health-care systems that are already struggling to treat the numbers of people affected by the ongoing conflicts there. In some cases, the situation is made yet worse by the restrictions placed on aid workers, preventing them from getting to the people who need them.
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.
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.