Member States adopt resolution to move towards a sustainable health workforce

09/11/2017 News Europe , Press 1569 Views

At the 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, Member States adopted a resolution to transform the health workforce in the WHO European Region to ensure that it is sustainable and able to respond to current and future health needs. Resolution EUR/RC67/R5 aims to accelerate efforts towards achieving a sustainable health workforce, to engage the relevant sectors and to ensure effective implementation of the framework for action; it was adopted by consensus.

“The health workforce is the beating heart of any health system and the cornerstone of universal health coverage,” said Dr Hans Kluge, Director of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health, as he presented the draft resolution, entitled “Towards a sustainable health workforce in the WHO European Region: a framework for action”.

Addressing the audience at the Regional Committee meeting, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus asserted that there can be no universal health coverage without a health workforce.

Underpinned by a broad consultation process, the framework outlined in the resolution interprets the Global strategy on human resources for health: Workforce 2030 in a regional context. It has four strategic objectives: to transform education and performance; to align planning and investment; to build capacity; and to improve analysis and monitoring.

To support Member States to implement the framework WHO/Europe is developing a toolkit that provides structured access to proven strategies on human resources for health, planning tools, evidence and concrete case studies.

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