Reviewing the Code: Two insights and a concern

Nine years after the Code’s adoption, this public hearing kickstarted the second review of its relevance and effectiveness. It brought together different stakeholders, including from the World Health Organization (WHO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), civil society, academia, unions, professional associations, and migrant health workers representatives. They touched on different topics such as…

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Three takeaways from the 72nd World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly provided an important opportunity for members of the Health Workers for All coalition to connect, strategise and engage in joint advocacy. On the side-lines of the proceedings, members of the Coalition found the opportunity for a short meet-and–greetand reflect on the past and future of the Coalition, as well as participate in key Human Resources for Health (HRH)-related side events and bilateral meetings

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What does decent work mean for health workers?

With the World Health Worker Week in progress, there has been a lot of focus on affirming the pivotal role of health workers in health. Dr Tedros, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), aptly stated that “there is no health without health workers”. This important step - of recognizing them in and of themselves as individuals with fundamental rights than just a “delivery platform” for patient care – is legitimately the way forward to developing sustainable health systems. Safeguarding the dignity of health workers is crucial in bridging the gap in health worker shortfalls, meaningfully contributing to Sustainable Development Goals or achieving Universal Health Coverage.

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Soosmita Sinha
Isn’t it time to care for the carers?

“Why do you work in healthcare?’” Every health worker in the world has been asked this question at some point in their career or during their training. The default answer usually is that they want to help patients gain back their health and promote health in communities. Many health workers indeed have a special duty and determination to save lives and promote health. However, the health workers too ask themselves why they work in healthcare. Then it seems that the reasons are varied.

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Dr. Fredrick Oluga
Investing in the health workforce? Enough with the cheap talk, come up with the money!

The video clip has been viewed more than 8000 times by now. We see Dr. Mashumba as she literally sheds tears as she speaks of her frustrations about the lack of basic facilities, medical equipment and staff at her hospital. Her words keep echoing in my head: “There is no sense of urgency, no priority. I’ve written a million lists, I’ve knocked on a thousand doors, but nobody is listening to us. My output are stillbirths and disabled babies.”

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Amanda Banda