A new civil society coalition
At the 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health on November 13-17 2017 in Dublin, the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), Medicus Mundi International (MMI), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Wemos organized a civil society session on ‘How can civil society spur action on ensuring health workers for all?’, sparking discussions on this issue.
Consequently, at a side event to the 71st World Health Assembly on May 21-26 2018 in Geneva, representatives from various civil society organizations agreed to establish the Health Workers for All Coalition.
Because the world is facing a global health worker crisis that not only affects low- and middle-income countries, but countries and societies worldwide. There is a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers, an unequal distribution of the workforce at all levels and unequal access to skilled health workers.
Because we are determined to reignite civil society advocacy for health workers for all in order to fulfil the right to health, the right to decent working conditions, the right to peaceful assembly, to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all, and to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.
Because we are confident that public interest civil society organizations can play an essential role in global and national policy-making and action on human resources for health (HRH).