Health workforce

Developing of the State of the World’s Nursing report 2020

The Global Fund

The 72nd World Health Assembly has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. A major milestone of the year is the launch of the first- ever State of the World Nursing Report 2020. The report will provide a global picture of the nursing workforce and support evidence-based planning to optimize the contributions of this workforce to improve health and wellbeing for all and to make meaningful progress toward UHC and the SDGs. The report will set the agenda for data collection, policy dialogue, research and advocacy, and investment in the health workforce for generations to come.

Call for abstracts - 2019 Global Symposium on Health Workforce Accreditation and Regulation


Call for abstracts are now open for the 2019 Global Symposium on Health Workforce Accreditation and Regulation, which will be held December 10-12, in Istanbul, Turkey. Co-organized by the WHO, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and the Global Health Workforce Network (GHWN), the symposium will review health workforce-related accreditation and regulation, enhance information and data sharing across Member States and relevant stakeholders, and support institutional readiness, consistent with the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health.
Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2019

Strengthening health workers capacities through digital health

June 2019 - The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with Member States and partners to leverage the benefits of the digital revolution sweeping across the globe. As the world turns its focus towards primary health care, universal health coverage and achieving ‘Health for All’, digital technology and tools have a key role to play improving health workers abilities to care for people and communities in reaching the targets.

Health Workforce central to the agenda of the Seventy-second World Health Assembly

Installation on health workers by artist Dairo Vargas at 72nd World Health Assembly
WHO/ L Cipriani

Geneva, 28 May 2019 - 4000 delegates from WHO’s 194 Member States and partner organizations convened in Geneva, from 20 to 28 May 2019, for the Seventy-second session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the theme of which was "Universal health coverage: leaving no-one behind. Health workforce was central to the agenda of the Assembly.

Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Health Workforce

20 May 2019 - In his opening remarks to the Seventy-second World Health Assembly, WHO Director General, Dr Tedros announced the appointment of Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Goodwill Ambassador for the health workforce.

Health workforce and the Sustainable Development Goals – an infographic

Dr Tedros on the health workforce

(EB144, January 2019)

The power of health workers

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