Investing in health workforces: the path towards the SDGs starts here

This week marks a transition from one era of global health and development to the next. Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be agreed by 193 Heads of State and Government at the UN General Assembly in New York this week. As with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), health is rightly recognized as a fundamental human right and driver of development.

Cost effectiveness of Community based practitioners

There is significant evidence showing community based practitioners (CBPs) can be effective in delivering essential health care, but a dearth of studies on their cost-effectiveness: policy makers are faced with the dilemma whether community based practitioners programmes represent good value for money.

The September 2015 edition of the WHO Bulletin includes a cost-effectiveness analysis (a GHWA research product funded by DFID)on CBPs and an Editorial by Jim Campbell et al. in response. These articles are based on a WHO-GHWA report which examines these issues in greater depth, including through a review of the available scientific literature.

Public Consultation - Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030

In May 2014, the 67th World Health Assembly the Director-General to develop and submit a new global strategy on human resources for health to be considered by the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016. This strategy represents a critical component of the WHO strategic vision towards universal health coverage (UHC) in the framework of the post 2015 health development agenda . The public consultation on the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 has now closed. The draft will also be discussed at various global health events as well as a number of WHO regional technical consultations. This global dialogue will inform the continuing improvement of the draft and a final version to be submitted to the WHO Executive Board in January 2016.



7-9 September

SEARO regional committee meeting, Timor Leste

14-18 September

EURO regional committee meeting, Lithuania

15-28 September

70th session of the United Nations Assembly on the MDGs, New York

19-22 September

Clinton Global Initiative 2015, New York, USA

28 September- 2 October

PAHO regional committee meeting, Washington DC, USA

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