What is the Global Health Workforce Alliance (The Alliance)?
Q: What is the Global Health Workforce Alliance (The Alliance)?
A: The Alliance is a global partnership, formed in 2006 as a joint platform for action on the health workforce crisis. Its members include governments, UN agencies, professional associations, NGOs, foundations, research and training institutions and the private sector. When the scale and complexity of the health workforce issue became apparent, so did the need for a global focal point which could assemble all these actors' interest around a common goal: to ensure that all people have access to a skilled, motivated and supported health worker.
As a partnership, The Alliance' purpose is to highlight the crisis and keep it on the global agenda, convene members, partners and countries to work together to find solutions, advocate for their effective implementation and facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices on health workforce issues.
For administrative and legal purposes, The Alliance Secretariat is housed within the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. WHO does not fund nor control The Alliance' operations, but is a founding member and partner of The Alliance with a permanent seat on the Board of The Alliance, as are professional associations, NGOs and other constituencies including donor governments.