Scaling HRH towards equity

Parallel Session 10

Venue: TBC

Day and time: Friday, 28 January 2011 - 10:30-12:30

The shortage of qualified staff in low- and middle-resource countries has reached a crisis point, and represents a major barrier to achieving the health-related MDGs. Countries and the international community is committed to a rapid and effective scale-up to the health workforce, and this session will cover global efforts and successful country examples.

The shortage of qualified staff in low- and middle-resource countries has reached a crisis point and represents a major barrier to scaling up health services and achieving the health-related MDGs. Several reports show that a shortage of human resources for health is one of the major bottlenecks. It follows, therefore, that rapid strengthening of human resources for health is a vital part of any effort to increase coverage of health services.

To this end, countries and the international community have committed to strengthening the heath workforce rapidly and effectively. One key component involves scaling-up a mix of health workers to provide appropriate, accessible and equitable health services towards the attainment of global and national health care goals.

What is needed now, is going an extra mile to expand the successful models and implementation plans to achieve MDGs.

This session will cover global efforts and country examples of successful health workforce scale-up. Development partners will be asked to present initiatives to support scale up of health workers; countries will be asked to focus on implementation plans to increase production and the how leadership at high political level has enabled successful strengthening of the health workforce.

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