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Managing intra-EU mobility—do WHO principles of ethical recruitment have relevance?

The WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel provides for guidance in health workforce management and cooperation in the international context.

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New Health Workforce Action Plan Dodging the Difficult Questions

Mit Philips and Marielle Bemelmans of  Médecins Sans Frontières discuss the looming issue of how to afford an expanded health workforce in the countries that need it most The Seventieth World Health Assembly is currently underway

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Health workforce and governance: the crisis in Nigeria

In Nigeria, several challenges have been reported within the health sector, especially in training, funding, employment, and deployment of the health workforce.

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Polio Eradication: Advances, Threats, and the Role of Mobile

Polio Eradication Progress In 2017 so far, a total of five cases of wild polio have been reported worldwide: 3 in Afghanistan and 2 in Pakistan. This represents an incredible decrease of 99% since 1988, when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (a public-private partnership composed of national governments with support from the World Health Organization, Rotary International, CDC, UNICEF, and the Gates Foundation) began its efforts to eradicate the disease worldwide – a time when polio paralysed more than 1000 children worldwide every single day. Child with leg deformity from polio This represents an enormous triumph for the science of vaccination, and for the determination of the global community to eliminate this disease from the planet, as smallpox was before, almost 40 years ago. National governments, non-profits, the Red Cross movement, scientists, and funders have all played a role in this progress. Mobile Plays a Role We’re incredibly proud of having played a role in recent advances against this terrible disease, as for more than five years WHO has relied on Magpi for mobile data collection and reporting for a wide variety of monitoring and assessment and management activities around polio vaccination – some of which are detailed in a paper published last year by Nigeria WHO staff: “Implementation of a Systematic Accountability Framework in 2014 to Improve the Performance of the Nigerian Polio Program”(download below)

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Global Health in Conflict: A Weightier Commitment

I currently work as an epidemiologist at a regional health department in Texas. We serve two main roles for the 30 counties we cover. One of our roles is to function as a local health department and deliver a diverse range of services to 23 counties. The other main role is to serve as an extension of the state health department and provide surveillance/investigation guidance for the reportable conditions that health care providers, schools, and community members are mandated to report. This relationship is seen especially when we work with the 7 counties in our region that have their own local health departments

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Emigrating young physicians leave Greece with an aging health workforce

Taken from:  Emigrating young physicians leave Greece with an aging health workforce

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Workforce Interventions to Deliver Postnatal Care to Improve Neonatal Outcomes in Low- and…

Reducing neonatal mortality rates in low- and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs) requires postnatal interventions to be delivered through an appropriately prepared and supported workforce.

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Malaria Mass Drug Administration: Ensuring Safe Care of Reproductive Age Women

The potential impact of mass malaria drug administration (MDA) on pregnant women was the focus of Symposium 146 at the recent 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Atlanta. The symposium was co-chaired by Clara Menéndez and Larry Slutsker who opened the session with an overview. As malaria control interventions are scaled up and sustained and malaria transmission levels decline and prevalence falls, an increasing number of countries are starting to see elimination on the horizon. For pregnant women, the antimalarial antibodies that have provided some level of protection in moderate to high malaria transmission settings are reduced as malaria transmission declines. Current evidence shows that as transmission levels decline, the consequences from P.

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Open Deliver: A Process for Managing Educational Digital Content

At its most fundamental level, the role of mobile technology within health systems should be to improve access to and sharing of valid health information. There is a real opportunity to exploit existing technological capability to provide equitable access to content that, if adapted for each context, could provide a complete educational foundation for a country’s frontline health workforce. Yet rather than designing a suitable system for delivery of digital content, we’ve let the mHealth ecosystem emerge by chance through independent procurements, mostly at the program level, often resulting in fragmented, duplicated – but disconnected – unsustainable systems. The few exceptions involve the use of voice or text requiring fees related to connectivity.

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Can performance-based incentives improve motivation of nurses and midwives in primary…

Background: Lack of an adequate and well-performing health workforce has emerged as the biggest barrier to scaling up health services provision in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Role-meanings as a critical factor in understanding doctor managers’ identity work and…

Publication date: Available online 3 October 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Rosalía Cascón-Pereira, Jerry Hallier, Shiona Chillas This study examines “identity work” among hybrid doctor-managers (DMs) in the Spanish National Health System to make sense of their managerial roles.

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Will there be enough jobs for trained global health professionals?

At the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) annual conference in San Francisco in April, leading educators in breakout session discussions expressed concern at the increasing number of global health programmes being offered at universities in high-income countries in Europe and North America. Student demand for global health training is clearly robust, but we don’t yet know much about the demand side of the global health training–employment equation. Global health trainers and trainees are increasingly concerned that the output of people trained for, and seeking jobs in, global health may outstrip job opportunities in the field.

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A Strategy to Deliver a Fit-For-Purpose Global Health Workforce

The placards went from horizontal to vertical—indicating their nation wished to speak. One after another—from Guinea to Switzerland, Thailand to the United States—they spoke with impassioned tones about the centrality of strategically addressing the health workforce gaps exasperatingly standing in the way of the enormous progress we know can be achieved in global health in the next 15 years.And then, after civil society chimed in with similar calls of praise and pleas for vigilance, the chair called for objections. There were none, and the first ever Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 went from draft to reality.Working in global health advocacy, you rarely see such a vivid display of the collective work that leaders of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition (FHWC) witnessed in Geneva this past May when the world’s health ministers unanimously approved Workforce 2030 at the World Health Assembly.A strategy is just a piece of paper if not backed by a fervent effort to ensure the right investments and policies are in place. Flashback two-and-a-half years across the Atlantic Ocean in Recife, Brazil.

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On World Humanitarian Day, Remember Local Health Workers

When you think of a humanitarian, what image comes to mind? A foreign aid worker? A group of missionaries? Maybe a few American celebrities stirring trans-Atlantic compassion? (Just Google the term “humanitarian” and you’ll see a lot of Angelina Jolie, after all.)Here’s another picture: local health workers, on the front lines of care in the communities where they grew up, providing humanitarian services every single day.Local workers account for the vast majority of the humanitarian workforce

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