Global Health Workforce Alliance: Priorities in human resources for health (2013)









HIFA would like to thank the Global Health Workforce Alliance for supporting HRH thematic discussions on the HIFA Global Forums in the run-up to the 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, Recife, Brazil, 10-14 November 2013

Background information on HRH prioritiesPDF version

Click here for a 2-page Summary of the GHWA-HIFA Discussion on HRH

Ahead of the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health and in our efforts to promote multi stakeholder engagement, the Global Health Workforce Alliance and HIFA2015 are hosting a global conversation on the priorities in Human Resources for Health (HRH).

The main objectives of the conversation are to:

  • Offer the opportunity for engagement in the lead up to the Forum and to start to explore some of the key issues.
  • Enable inclusion of the voices of stakeholders worldwide who may not be able to attend the 3rd Global Forum in person: all comments will be taken into consideration and a summary of the discussions will be presented at the 3rd Global Forum.
  • Capture key points from the above, thereby providing wider experiential input into the Global Forum.
  • Stimulate increased sense of momentum and excitement as we approach the Global Forum.
  • Widen the audience for GHWA to make commitments, announcements or statements before, during, or after the Forum.
  • Encourage WHO country offices to describe their progress and challenges with regards to country-specific HRH commitments.
  • Raise awareness of the HRH commitment process.
  • Elicit new HRH commitments in the lead up to the Forum.

    How will it work?

    Join HIFA2015 here. HIFA2015 is an email-based forum – you will not need web access. You will receive 1 compilation email per day with contributions from other members.

    One new question will be the focus for discussion each week, from 9 September 2013. The discussions will be housed in the context of various issues affecting HRH, e.g Education, Incentives (non-financial)
    Retention, Skills mix, Health worker availability, accessibility and acceptability etc . We have put together a brief introduction to some of the issues in Human Resources for Health here.

    Throughout the discussions, we encourage responses that promote an integrated, systems-thinking approach to HRH development, recognizing the inter-dependence and synergy among the different areas of health workforce development.

    Questions for discussion

    Week 1: What have been the notable achievements in Human Resources for Health towards Universal Health Coverage – globally and/or in your country – over the past 10 years? What has worked? Share examples of success where appropriate.

    What HIFA members say about HRH achievements of past 10 years (updated 12 November 2013)

    Week 2: What are the notable failures? What has been done that hasn’t worked?

    What HIFA members say about HRH failures of past 10 years (updated 12 November 2013)

    Week 3: What, in your opinion are the opportunities and challenges/obstacles in the “systems thinking” approach to HRH, as proposed by the GHWA/WHO framework [ http://tinyurl.com/lrym5l7] – which is the basis for eliciting multi-stakeholder commitments? What are your suggestions for overcoming these obstacles? (Examples of success stories/best practices are welcome)

    What HIFA members say about the opportunities and challenges/obstacles in the “systems thinking” approach to HRH, as proposed by the GHWA/WHO framework (updated 10 November 2013)

    Week 4: What needs to be done (and why) over the next 10 years, and by whom?

    What HIFA members say needs to be done over the next 10 years (updated 10 November 2013)

    Week 5: What will you and/or your organization do to help address the HRH crisis in the next 10 years?

    What HIFA members and their organisations will do to address the HRH crisis (updated 10 November 2013)

    We invite and encourage you to actively engage in this global conversation, which will serve to add further impetus to discussions in Recife. Let’s together rise to the grand challenge of ensuring that all people everywhere have access to a skilled, motivated and supported health worker, within a robust health system.

    Sonali Reddy (GHWA)
    Giorgio Cometto (GHWA)
    Neil Pakenham-Walsh (HIFA2015)