Health workforce

WHO launches new guideline on health policy and system support to optimize community health worker programmes

Geneva, 26 October 2018 - The new WHO guideline on health policy and system support to optimize community health worker programmes was launched at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, in Astana. The guideline uses state-of-the-art evidence to identify effective policy options to strengthen community health worker (CHW) programme performance through their proper integration in health systems and communities.

Congratulations to Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2018

Dr Denis Mukwege

Hearty congratulations to Denis Mukwege! The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege for his efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Dr Mukwege founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, DR Congo where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been gang-raped by rebel forces. Dr Mukwege, also known as Doctor Miracle, aligned himself with the work of the High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth . In an interview not too long ago, he spoke to us on the challenges of setting up and operating his hospital in a conflict zone, as well as retaining a workforce of over 500.

WHO reaffirms commitment to nursing and midwifery

4 October 2018 - WHO’s Director-General today reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment to nursing and midwifery by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Burdett Trusting for Nursing to enhance collaboration on the Nursing Now campaign. The campaign, launched in February 2018, will run for three years and aims to raise the status of nursing and enable nurses to maximize their contribution to achieving universal health coverage (UHC).

International Platform on Health Worker Mobility: Evidence, Solutions and Instruments

Genève, 13-14 September 2018 - The second meeting of the International Platform on Health Worker Mobility took place on 13th-14th of September 2018 in Geneva, with representatives from National Governments, International Agencies and Civil Society. The main objectives of the meeting was to facilitate knowledge exchange and engagement of participants in the work of the International Platform; connect discussion on health worker migration and mobility, including education, to broader global discussions on migration; discuss policy measures implementation challenges, and identify options for Member States and relevant stakeholders to advance policy and governance of labour mobility in the health sector.

WHO, ILO and OECD sign a MoU operationalizing the Working for Health Multi-Partner Trust Fund

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Geneva, 23 May 2018 – On the margins of the 71st World Health Assembly, the International Labour Organisation, (ILO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) operationalizing the Working for Health Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF). The Multi-Partner Trust Fund will enable partners to pool resources and drive implementation of the Working for Health five-year action plan: a collaboration between the ILO, OECD and the WHO to support countries to invest in the health and social service workforce required to achieve Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Health workforce and the Sustainable Development Goals – an infographic

The power of health workers

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