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Last week’s high-level talks about human resources for health in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, resulted in the Addis Ababa Call to Action on financing the health workforce, signed by the nine ministries of health that participated.The call to action is a powerful tool that ministries of health, national health professional associations, and other health systems and health workforce champions can now use to advocate to their ministries of finance to invest more in health workers as the most direct way to meet their countries’ health goals. Yet the fact that none of the ministries of finance that participated in the Addis health financing meetings earlier in the week participated in the later health workforce meeting highlights the challenge we face in simply getting the attention of ministries of finance, much less persuading them to act.
We need to ensure that the offices that manage health workers have the resources they need to function properly.
We must take our messages directly to the ministries of finance. As Ethiopian Minister of Health Dr. Kesete-Birhan Admasu reminded us at the event, many different sectors and other ministries are competing for their attention, so we must deliver messages that stand out and speak to ministries of finance in the terms they understand: dollars saved, gross domestic product (GDP) growth, efficiencies created, productivity increased.And we must reach out to all ministries of finance, not just those in low- and middle-income countries. All countries have imbalances of health workers, and poor and rural communities have less access to health workers and less access to careers in the health sector. Global aging and the rise of noncommunicable diseases will aggravate these challenges even more.
Here are a few key messages for ministries of finance on why they should invest in health workers. Please spread the word:
Let’s make sure ministries of finance hear these messages. Investing in their countries’ frontline health workforces is a sound investment in health, well-being, and financial stability—the data support it.Misrak Makonnen, IntraHealth’s country director in Ethiopia, participated in and helped plan the Investing in Human Resources for Health for Sustainable Development in Africa High Level Ministerial Meeting.
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