HRH situation and trends in developed countries and their potential implications for developing countries

Parallel Session 17

Venue: TBC

Day and time: Friday, 28 January 2011 - 15:30-17:00

This session will outline how HRH in developed countries can have an effect on developing countries. It will explore the response of developed countries to HRH shortages, and other current policy challenges, such as funding constraints and productivity agenda.

“KEY MESSAGE”: WE ARE ALL CONNECTED: NATIONAL HRH POLICY DECISIONS HAVE REGIONAL/ GLOBAL IMPLICATIONS

This session will explore the response of developed countries, especially OECD countries, to HRH shortages and other current policy challenges, such as funding constraints and the productivity agenda .

The Kampala Declaration and Agenda for Global Action recommends that developed countries: commit to supporting and enhancing the education and training of health workers both at home and in source countries; give high priority and adequate funding to train and recruit sufficient health personnel from within their own country; and realize the untapped potential of the health worker diasporas for improving health services in source countries.

This session aims to:

  • Provide an overview of current trends and health workforce policy responses in developed countries
  • Identify the policy responses of developed countries to the global economic crisis/ fiscal deficit and assess national and global health labour market implications
  • Assess the implications of the issue of health workforce “sustainability”/ “sufficiency” for developed countries and the related impact on developing countries
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