Here is our discussion topic for March and April 2015. Last week I attended a meeting at WHO Geneva on the WHO Code on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. At this meeting, we heard emphatic statements to the effect that taking account of global demographics along with regional economic integration in many parts of the world, Health Workforce Force (HWF) migration will assume mega trends in the coming decades and will impact
the ability of countries and regions to achieve the Post 2015 Sustainable development Goals.
The sooner we all familiarize ourselves with this Code and start to use it the better our chances and hopes of achieving our health goals.
I hope that most of you have already heard of the launch of the new book“African Health Leaders; making change and claiming the future” which was first launched in September 2014 during the UN General Assembly in New York. A number of contributions by the Ashgovnet community through this Discussion Forum have made their way into this book with acknowledgements. The book is edited by yours truly Dr. Francis Omaswa and Lord Nigel Crisp
and published by the Oxford University Press (OUP). There are supporting statements from the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and the Head Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank, Dr. Tim Evans. It is available for order online at Amazon and the OUP distribution systems in the countries.
So what is this book about?
Last time we shared lessons from Uganda on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) response. Prophetically the title was “Let’s all prepare for Ebola” did I expect that the message would apply to the whole world and not only Africa. The situation in the three most affected West African
countries is much worse; it is sadly grim and dire. “Africa is burning. We need every body’s help now” is a message I received from a colleague who is in the front line over there.
As the leadership of the World Medical Association and the African Platform on Human Resources for Health, we wish to convey to all our comrades - the valiant Health Workers - in the countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak namely: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the regrettable attacks and killings of Health Workers in some of the countries. In the middle of all the challenges that you face as front line health workers, we urge you to remain steadfast in your noble call to save the lives of your fellow citizens. The untoward actions against health professional in some of the countries are largely due to lack of proper knowledge and correct information among our people.