Health workforce

WHO/PEPFAR consultation on maximizing synergies between health systems and global health initiatives through work on building and sustaining health workforce development

Washington D.C., U.S.A., 17-18 March 2009

The health workforce crisis is higher on the global public health agenda than ever before and there is now an unprecedented convergence of efforts around strengthening this specific component of health systems. These various efforts are all born out of a global consensus that a stronger health workforce is the backbone of all other efforts to improve health service delivery and, ultimately, to drive forward improvements in health outcomes.

The WHO/PEPFAR consultation was convened to harmonize the wide range of different efforts and investments on human resources for health that are currently being independently pursued by a broad range of stakeholders. The consultation also represented a rapid response to the renewed endorsement of the centrality of the health workforce in the debate around Global Health Initiatives and health systems strengthening. It aimed to capitalize on the current efforts on Maximizing Positive Synergies between health systems and Global Health Initiatives in order to build and sustain the health workforce, particularly through the education and retention of new health care workers.

Specifically, it aimed lay the foundations of a joint plan of action that will drive the speedy operationalization of coordinated efforts to build and sustain the health workforce after the pre-G8 High Level Dialogue on Maximizing Positive Synergies between health systems and Global Health Initiatives on June 22-23 in Venice.

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