U.S. Leadership for the Health Workforce We Need Post-2015

This post originally appeared on the Frontline Health Worker Coalition Blog.Here at the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, we often say “American leadership matters” in driving action toward addressing the human resource gaps that severely hinder progress in saving lives and enabling prosperity around the world.This statement clearly rang true on Saturday as health ministers wrapped up a busy World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.U.S. leadership to build momentum on renewed global action to address health workforce gaps started last year as the global health community was preparing for the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Recife, Brazil.In the lead up to the Forum, Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), spoke passionately during a United Nations General Assembly side event about the need to come together on a global strategy to build the health workforce needed to deliver crucial services post-2015.Take a minute to think about why global action on this issue is so important.  USAID convened leaders from around the world to discuss the need for the strategy during the Recife forum, and USAID subsequently worked with the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) on developing a consultation process for such a strategy.Which brings us back to Geneva, where ministers on Saturday passed a resolution calling for the creation and approval of a global strategy on human resources for health by the 2016 WHA. The resolution, which also affirmed the Recife Political Declaration, was roundly supported by member states around the world.

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U.S. Leadership for the Health Workforce We Need Post-2015