New technical brief analyses Every Woman Every Child Commitments from an HRH perspective

Ahead of the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, where the Global Health Workforce Alliance and other partners are working to elicit new Human Resources for Health (HRH) commitments to accelerate progress towards attainment of the health MDGs and universal health coverage - Alliance member ICS Integrare has issued a technical brief, with an analysis of the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) commitments from an HRH perspective. EWEC analysis confirms, no plans or commitments will be achieved without strengthening the health workforce, in particular the midwifery workforce.

The brief outlines, that 23% of the EWEC statements from countries specify strengthening the health workforce, including additional numbers, education, training and deployment. 73 (91%) of the 80 statements are from low-income countries, emphasizing their priority to strengthen the Inputs and Processes of their health systems to expand services and coverage. In addition, 65 countries account for 254 action statements that are “enabled” by, or dependent upon access to a skilled, motivated and supported health workforce to achieve them. 94% of the statements within the existing EWEC commitments addressing key women’s and children’s health issues either target HRH or are dependent on the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality (AAAQ) of the health workforce to achieve them.