Alliance e-newsletter - March 2014

E-Newslettter - Global Health Workforce Alliance - March 2014

Global Health Workforce Alliance - e-newsletter

       March 2014

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2nd Annual World Health Workers Week (April 7 – 11)

World Health Worker Week is an opportunity to mobilize our communities, partners, and policy makers in support of health workers. It is a time to celebrate the amazing work that they do and it is a time to raise awareness of the challenges that they face every day. Access the toolkit and other associated material that can help your organization celebrate health workers. 

hrhreportcoverUpdated version of the report “A Universal Truth: no Health Without a Workforce”.

This flagship report was commissioned by the Global Health Workforce Alliance Secretariat and the World Health Organization to consolidate the latest information available on human resources for health and provide recommendations to the global community on how to attain, sustain and accelerate progress on universal health coverage. The report was launched at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, informing discussions at this landmark event. Following requests for clarification on the report and a further quality check on the HRH data used for the analysis, an updated version of the report, providing a more explicit and detailed breakdown of the HRH estimates in each of the country profile, has now been developed and can be can be consulted here.

Copyright _World Vision USAGlobal HRH Consultation

The Alliance is coordinating a global consultation, with the purpose to inform a future strategy on HRH that will be relevant to the post-2015 development agenda (2015-2035) for all countries at all stages of socio-economic development. Learn more.

ECSAEast, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Ministers   Conference adopts resolution to Scale up HRH in the African Region

In direct response to advocacy undertaken by GHWA civil society members, Health Ministers at the Conference adopted a resolution Implementation of The Roadmap for Scaling up the Human Resources for Health in the African Region, committed to by member states at the Global Forum on HRH, in the final communiqué, which outlines the main conclusions and action items of the meeting. Read the communique.

HealthForAllPost2015_logo-300x177A Global UHC Campaign Launches: Health for All Post-2015

The civil society campaign is advocating for UHC as a core component of the post-2015 health agenda, aimed at increasing access to quality health services while reducing financial hardship. Read their call to action and sign on to the campaign. 


 Its official!  WHO south East Asia Region is certified polio-free

Last week, 11 countries in South East Asia were officially certified polio-free. Ending polio in these countries, home to 1.8 billion people is a major achievement. Read more 




We urge all members and partners of the Alliance to submit news articles, resources, multimedia or any relevant information about their work for inclusion in the upcoming editions of our newsletters.

 Alliance member e-platform

Our members’ e-platform is functional again. We plan to engage members through a Featured Member of the month opportunity– allowing us to display the diverse experiences and expertise that comprise the Alliance. We will also be hosting online technical discussions on themes of interest among the global health community. Join and engage on the platform.


CapacityPlus helps Dominican Republic launch Health Worker Job Descriptions and Orientation Manuals

Alliance member CapacityPlus assisted the government of the Dominican Republic to develop new job description manuals for the posts of doctors, nurses and pharmacists, along with an orientation manual for each of these positions. These documents are the first of their kind for health workers in the country. Read more

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2014 Workplan of the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative (HWAI)                 

The 2014 workplan of the health Workforce Advocacy Initiative is now available. In 2014 HWAI seeks to address two objectives - (1) Advancing the HRH policy agenda through effective advocacy and (2) ensuring effective coordination and support services are provided to the HWAI members. Read the full workplan on the HWAI website



Strong health systems, the 'secret ingredient - Devex.  

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez from USAID for Global Health explains why strong health systems and frontline health workers are the key ingredients to achieving the health MDGs and eliminating extreme poverty.  

A&E doctors heading to Australia ‘for a better life’ - BBC News

Despite record numbers of patients, accident and emergency departments in the UK are struggling to recruit and retain health staff. 

Why We Need to Recognize America's Frontline Health Care Workers - The Huffington Post

A new national US initiative is working to bring attention to the need for health care employers to invest in the skills and career development of their frontline workforce, and to share information about best practices for the industry's benefit.
Female health worker murdered in Pakistan DAWN, Pakistan

A Polio vaccinator who played an active role in the ‘Sehat Ka Insaf’ anti-polio campaign recently launched by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is brutally murdered.



Upcoming events

April 2014

16th International Congress on Infectious Diseases
02 -05 April, Cape Town, South Africa
World Health Day 2014
07 April 

2nd Annual World Health Worker Week
07-11 April 

Regional World Health Summit
06 - 08 April, São Paulo, Brazil

International Conference on Population and Development
07 - 11 April, New York, USA 
Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group 
11 -13 April, Washington DC, USA


More 2014 events

New resources

A Universal Truth: no Health Without a Workforce  

Visit the Alliance Knowledge Centre   


Alliance YouTube Playlist on health workforce crisis

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