Health workforce

First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Montreux, Switzerland, 16-19 November 2010

The First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners, focuses on the theme Science to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage. Researchers, policy-makers, funders, and other stakeholders representing diverse constituencies will gather in Montreux, Switzerland to share evidence, identify significant knowledge gaps, and set a research agenda that reflects the needs of low and middle-income countries.

Achieving and sustaining universal coverage requires attention to a broad range of issues that are central to health systems performance, including the health workforce. The Symposium programme includes a special panel session organized by the WHO Department of Human Resources for Health and partners on "Uses of health workforce information systems for research and policy: approaches, constraints and lessons learnt".

The objectives of the session include to solicit and catalyze ideas that would inspire innovative solutions for strengthening health workforce information in countries to address knowledge gaps for research, policy and health systems development. Additional oral and poster presentations on topics related to health workforce information and research are also featured in the programme.