Overcoming HRH crisis in conflict and post-conflict situations

Parallel Session 6

Venue: TBC

Day and time: Thursday, 27 January 2011 - 15:30-17:30

In conflict and post-conflict situations, an HRH crisis easily arises. Health workers are sometimes killed and threatened; some of them are also obliged to leave the country. This session will explore HRH issues in conflict situations, and methods to support health workers in crisis situations.

In conflict and post-conflict situations, an HRH crisis easily arises.

Health workers are sometimes killed and threatened; some of them are also obliged to leave the country.

Although several UN agencies and humanitarian NGOs have shown ways to cope with such HRH crises, more efforts are awaited to give hope to the hopeless – both health workers and the wider populations they serve.

In many conflict and post-conflict situations, support is urgently needed both from within and externally. However, where conflict or post-conflict situations are prolonged, a long-term vision is also critical.

These situations might also be true after mega-sized natural disasters. In addition to making people free from want and free from fear under such circumstances, we also need to create an environment under which health workers can help people to be free to live in dignity.

The objectives of this session are to explore ways to:

  • Support and manage human resources to respond adequately to emergency situations under a fragile health system.
  • Strengthen HRH in chronic conflict situations.
  • Strengthen health workforces and health services under post-conflict situations.
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