Announcing the winners of the 2016 International Health Workforce Awards

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 3rd edition of the 2016 International Health Workforce Awards. A call for nominations towards 5 categories (Leadership/ministerial; Emergency responders; Community health care; HRH champions/advocates; and Journalists) was online for two months. Each category received multiple nominations (total of 51). The shortlisted entries were judged by a selection panel drawn from the GHWA Board:

  • David Weakliam, National Lead, Global Health Programme, Health Service Executive, Ireland (Chair, GHWA Board);
  • Frances Day-Stirk, President of the International Confederation of Midwives &
  • Haurna Lale, Gombe hospital, Uganda (Health Worker Award at the 3rd Global Forum on HRH)

Each shortlisted candidate was rated based on their overall contribution to the HRH agenda and the impact of their contribution.

The winners are:


Dr. Bernice T. Dahn, Honorable Health Minister of Liberia

Dr. Dahn, Honorable Health Minister of Liberia, has demonstrated strong leadership by helping mobilise the response to Liberia’s Ebola crisis. In that crisis she saw a vision to build a resilient health system to prevent future outbreaks. She previously held the position of Deputy Minister for Health Services and Chief Medical Officer for the Ministry of Health in Liberia. Recognising the critical role of health workers—especially the community health workforce (CHW)—in ending the Ebola crisis, Dr. Dahn has been closely involved in the development of Liberia’s Health Sector Investment and Recovery Plan and Health Workforce Program. Dr. Dahn’s advocacy and direction has since brought together a diverse coalition of actors committed to realising her vision for a National CHW Program that aims to train and deploy 4,100 Community Health Workers to extend primary health care to the 1.2 million Liberians.


Damali Inhensiko, Midwife, Inhula Health Centre II, Luuka District

Ms. Inhensiko is an enrolled midwife working in a rural, hard to reach health centre in Uganda, where she is the only health worker at the facility handling both clinical and administrative work for the past three years. Despite being a midwife and having successfully established reproductive health services at the health centre, she handles all other medical services at the facility (immunization and treating common cases like Malaria) and offers outreach services in the community, where she is assisted by community volunteers. Since working in the health centre, immunisation coverage in the area is reported to have improved from 60% to 90%; the number of mothers attending antenatal care and/or delivering babies by a trained health worker has improved significantly in the villages served. Her community outreach services, which are conducted every Friday, involving health education have considerably increased community awareness on a number of health issues.


Dr. Sigrun Møgedal, Special Adviser, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Dr Møgedal is a medical doctor with professional and diplomatic engagement in the HIV/AIDS response, human resources for health, health systems development and reform. Dr. Møgedal has played an instrumental role in establishment of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) in 2006, where she served as chair of the Governing Board from 2006-2010. She has been a HRH analyst, strategist and advocate in numerous international platforms and fora for over two decades, and continues to contribute. She is also accredited for having been an influential initiator and “doer” in several global HRH work streams and has played a key role in organizing the Global Forums on Human Resources for Health.


Mr. Tom Murphy, Journalist, The Humanosphere

Mr. Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. His work has also appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. Mr. Murphy’s reporting has covered a range of development and global health issues, with several stories and features focusing on health workers, including attacks on polio workers and health workers and the Ebola crisis. His work has contributed to raising awareness on the challenges faced by health workers and shed light on the crucial role played by them in delivering healthcare.


this category has been removed as the nominations received were not strong enough

We’d like to extend our thanks to everyone who nominated candidates and spread the word that #healthworkerscount!