Here is new information on the Global Human Resources for Health movement. What do you think about it all?
The 4th Global forum on Human Resources for Health (HRH) took place in Dublin Ireland 13 – 17 November, 2017 and was attended by over 1000 delegates from over 70 countries representing government leaders, civil society, academia, employers, foundations, health care professional associations and unions, youth and the private sector. Previous such meetings were held in Kampala, Bangkok, and Recife in Brazil.
I coordinated the convening of the first Global HRH Forum in Kampala in 2008 as the Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance at the time and have attended all the subsequent Forums. I was thrilled to witness in Dublin how the HRH movement remains alive and vibrant ten years after the first Forum.
The following were in my view the most significant outcomes of the Dublin Forum:
First is the renewal and rejuvenation of the global HRH movement representing champions committed to pursuing the call to provide a skilled, supported and motivated health worker for every person in every village everywhere and the Kampala call for “Health Workers for All and All for Health Workers.” This aspiration is central to the achievement of SDG 3 including Universal Health Coverage. It is this HRH movement that will be counted upon to ensure that access to essential health services are not left to market forces alone which would leave many unable to access basic health services. The governance of the Global Health Workforce Network (GHWN) that now brings together stakeholders in the HRH movement and is hosted within WHO, Geneva as a successor to GHWA was discussed. GHWN activities will be implemented through Hubs in various specialized fields such as Education and Training, Leadership and governance, Labour Markets and Civil Society. A new Civil Society Coalition on HRH was launched in Dublin to drive advocacy and accountability.