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Task Force on Education and Training

Scaling Up, Saving Lives

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The Task Force concluded its work in mid 2008 and its report "Scaling Up Saving Lives" was launched at the 61st World Health Assembly in May 2008. Accompanying the report are a series of country case studies, commissioned as part of the Task Force work. So far the five published country case studies are from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India and Malawi. These case studies describe successful scale up models which are central in bringing about improvements in the health status of their populations.

The Task Force on Scaling Up Education and Training was set up in March 2007 with the aim of finding evidence of previous scale-up initiatives around the world and how best to replicate these examples on a larger scale. It responds specifically to the 2006 World Health Assembly Resolution 59.23, where Member States urged particular attention to the issue of rapidly increasing the quantity and quality of health personnel.

The focus of the Task Force was to:

  • Design a road map to assist countries in the expansion of health worker training as part of their wider health sector plans and labour market strategies
  • Create a set of guiding principles for education and training bodies and help them increase the production of health workers; and
  • Secure international commitment to practical solutions, with the engagement of donors and partnerships between developing and developed countries.

The Task force on Education and Training was co-chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp, former chief Executive of NHS and Bience Gawanas, Commissioner of Social Affairs on the African Commission.