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From A to Z, countries lined up to announce their commitments to health workers at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Recife, Brazil, last week. Delegate after delegate announced the interventions they believe will have the greatest impact on their countries’ health workforce barriers. Are their commitments ambitious? Yes. Achievable? I think so. Vital to our global well-being? Absolutely.These commitments have the potential to help countries meet their Millennium Development Goals. The most robust statements reflected the overarching themes of the forum itself:
Health workers—especially those on the front lines of care—are the human face of the health system.
Commitments from countries and civil society organizations are still rolling in to the Global Health Workforce Alliance, but we expect to see at least 90 from around the world. I know how much advance planning and political will is required to make a public commitment and I salute the commitment makers. Over the past six months, IntraHealth has worked closely with our government counterparts and their civil-society partners to finalize their commitments. For example:
Our Renewed Commitment to Health Workers“As global champions for health workers, we at IntraHealth believe we need to support health workers as individuals,” said Pape Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth, during the opening ceremony in Recife. “Health workers—especially those on the front lines of care—are the human face of the health system. They are the best link from the people to the health system. We must be open to partnering broadly, including with the private sector. And gender must be part of our approach, because many of the workers on the front lines are women, and they deserve decent working conditions and fair compensation in line with the service they provide.”At the forum, Rebecca Kohler, IntraHealth’s senior vice president, announced our own three-pronged commitment:
Read IntraHealth’s full commitment.As Francis Omaswa of the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation said during the forum, “A commitment is a promise—and a promise is a debt.” If we as a global community—all government sectors, civil society, businesses, health worker groups, education, and more—come together to keep our promises and pay this debt, we will be repaid in the currency of improved health.*Referred to as West Bank and Gaza by the US Agency for International Development.Read more:
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