"The UN Secretary General Global Strategy for Women's and Children's health: will anything be done about the workforce?"

Parallel Session 14

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

The impact of the health workforce crisis on the health of women and children is a powerful issue on the global development agenda, particularly with health systems, and MDG 4 and 5. This session will assess health crisis issues in relation to maternal, newborn and child health issues, as well as review the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

In the course of 2010, the global development agenda has been dominated by the discourse on MDG 4 and 5 and on health systems.

Women's and children's health were the main topic of the Women Deliver and Countdown conferences, the African Union summit of Heads of States and a key focus of the G8 meeting and UN High Level Summit on the MDGs, where the UN Secretary General Global Strategy for Women's and Children's health was launched.

The grave impact of the health workforce crisis on the health of women and children was a strong undercurrent in all of these discussions.

The objective’s of this session are to:

  • Assess the positioning of the health crisis and health workforce in the different maternal, newborn and child health initiatives and review relevant commitments;
  • Convey the significance of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health in relation to health workforce issues, highlighting the opportunities, and the challenges that make its ambitious vision a reality;
  • Catalyse commitment from stakeholders at both global and country level to support the implementation of the health workforce dimension of the Global Strategy.
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