Global HRH multi-sectoral platform beyond 2015? - final consultations

The World health Organization (WHO) and the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), with its partners, are making palpable progress in steering a direction for a contemporary human resources for health agenda. Leading the WHO strategy development efforts, Jim Campbell, Executive Director GHWA & Director of the Health Workforce Department, WHO, said “there is a resurgent community on HRH who are better informed on what must be in Global Strategy and a contemporary agenda in support of sustainable workforce solutions, including the need for its governance and financing”. A global strategy relevant to the post-2015 development agenda will inspire a HRH movement of multi sectoral action and implementation at the national and global level.

"The Ebola outbreak is a clarion call to the local, national, regional and global community to step up efforts to build national capacity for ensuring health workers on the ground, at the core of resilient, integrated health systems”, said Dr. Sigrun Møgedal, former Chair of GHWA and HRH champion, who has recently been appointed by GHWA to develop an options analysis for multi-sectoral HRH governance beyond 2016. The review and analysis will be discussed by GHWAs Executive Board at its 18th Board Meeting in February 2015.

Results of initial consultations of Dr Møgedal’s work with, GHWA Board constituencies; HRH stakeholders and champions are now available online.

The consultations on the future need for a global multi-sector platform for action on the health and social workforce now moves into the final phase.

The first phase of consultations contributed to a broadly shared understanding of issues and opportunities. Some inputs are still being received that will be incorporated into an updated phase 1 summary document. It continues to be work in process, right up to the final report of this work is written. The ongoing work on the global strategy will obviously also inform this work on the need for a global multi-sectoral platform.

This second phase of consultations mapped key stakeholder groups in terms of their main potential for contribution to the health and social workforce agenda, largely seen from a perspective of critical priorities in the national response – identified as institutions, integration and investments.

Contributions received to both phases are now being incorporated in final summaries from phase one and phase two, that will be available on the GHWA website in January 2015.

we are now asking a few basic questions to provide inputs to sharpen the issues, priorities and landscape analysis presented in the consultation document for phase 2, to inform our final analysis:

For conversation

  • How do you (state the stakeholder group where you "belong") see the need for a global multi-sector platform?
  • How do you respond to the idea of a narrow mandate for a new global HRH platform, with monitoring and accountability at its core, and with potential to link up with different groups of stakeholders and catalyze more effective responses to both previously missed and new opportunities for HRH going forward
  • What would it take to make such a platform worthwhile for the stakeholder group you represent?

We encourage GHWA members, partners and interested parties to send in their answers to the 3 questions at ghwa@who.int.

Currently, GHWA is the only independent platform and a neutral facilitating convener at a global level with the mandate and capacity to bring together multisectoral HRH stakeholders (state and non-state) around a common agenda. Capitalizing on its core functions and operating largely through its multisectoral membership, GHWA strives to ensure that its catalytic support triggers a cascade effect for lasting change. It is a vital contributor to global and national efforts to improve the health workforce and thus ensuring universal access to quality healthcare.