The Board of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) held its seventeenth meeting on July 17-18 at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva; an exciting meeting that focussed on reviewing progress on the outcomes of the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (HRH) held in Recife, Brazil in November 2013 and also exploring the way forward for GHWA.
WHO has recently declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Grade 3 Emergency under WHO's Emergency Response Framework (ERF), a move that signals the magnitude of the challenge on the one hand, and the readiness by WHO to deploy its full support capacity on the other hand. National and international efforts are converging to ensure an effective response in the affected countries: a sub-regional hub has been established by WHO in Conakry to coordinate WHO technical and operational support in close collaboration with partners and agencies on the ground.
It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that we lost one of our colleagues at WHO on the Malaysian Airlines crash last week. Glenn Thomas from the Department of Communications at WHO was travelling to the International AIDS Conference in Australia. His twin sister says he died doing what he loved.
I feel very privileged to be writing this message as the Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA). GHWA has spent eight years convening its multi-constituency membership, sharing knowledge and creating innovation around health workforce issues, and has established itself has an effective global health advocate. I look forward to building on GHWA's record of achievement and working with you all to achieve additional progress in the coming years.
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