G8: “Takemi Working Group” report launched

As a follow up to the 2008 G8 summit in Toyako, Japan--which produced strong commitments on addressing the health workforce crisis as part of collective action to strengthen health systems in developing countries--the final report of the Working Group on Challenges in Global Health and Japan's Contributions has been submitted to the Japanese and Italian governments for consideration for the 2009 G8 Summit agenda.

The report represents the final recommendations from the high-level working group comprised of scholars, government officials, and practitioners from diverse sectors in Japan --known as the “Takemi Working Group” on the key health policy issues of financing, information, and the health workforce that affect the performance of health systems and that were of focus at the 2008 G8 Summit.

As part of the process, a high profile conference including representation from GHWA, was convened in November 2008 to explore the creation of a global strategic framework for strengthening health systems in developing countries around the world and to give feedback on the recommendations.