Health Workforce at the sixty-ninth World Health Assembly

The Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly

23 May 2016 - Delegates from WHOs 194 Member States are in Geneva for the Sixty-ninth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) to conduct an annual review of WHO’s activities and set new priorities for the future.

GHWA partners with the world's future health workers to ensure health workers count

From 18-22 May, the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) will support IFMSA host a 5-day youth Pre-World Health Assembly (WHA) workshop for medical students and young people from all over the world. It is an opportunity for over 50 youth delegates to learn about global health diplomacy and governance and deepen knowledge on key topics that will be covered during the 69th WHA. The workshop aims to develop a streamlined plan of action for active and meaningful advocacy and participation at the WHA.

Announcing the winners of the 2016 International Health Workforce Awards

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 3rd edition of the 2016 International Health Workforce Awards. A call for nominations towards 5 categories (Leadership/ministerial; Emergency responders; Community health care; HRH champions/advocates; and Journalists) was online for two months.
Each category received multiple nominations (total of 51). The shortlisted entries were judged by a selection panel drawn from the GHWA Board.

Health workers: just what the doctor ordered for economic growth and health security

WHO/S. Aranga

There is no health without health workers. We count on them to care for us and our loved ones in some of the most important and vulnerable moments of our lives.

Health workers were the first responders in last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris; risked and lost their own lives in the fight against Ebola; and are increasingly targeted in conflicts: more than half of Syria’s health workers have fled or been killed.



24 May 2016 – 18:00 to 19:30 | Salle 8, Palais de Nations

Addressing health workforce deficits and stimulating employment and inclusive economic growth: High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth - Towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

26 May 2016 – 18:00 to 20:30 | Ballroom, Hotel Intercontinental

GHWA Gala Reception & Health Workforce Awards Ceremony (by invitation only)

27 May 2016 - 12:30 – 14:00 | Salle 7, Palais de Nations

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