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by Global Health Workforce Network category: Health
The world is heading towards a shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030, especially in poorer countries, threatening efforts to achieve health and wellbeing for all.
There is no health without health workers.
Health workers protect the world from emerging health threats, help communities prevent disease and provide care throughout our lives. Health workers are also good for the economy! Investing in health workers makes the economy more productive. A quarter of economic growth in 2000-11 in low and middle income countries resulted from improvements to health. The health and social sector is a major and leading sector for job creation, and is expected to generate 40 million new health worker jobs by 2030, each supported by at least two other supportive jobs.
Investing in the health workforce accelerates Universal Health Coverage and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, including quality education, gender equality, reduced inequalities, decent jobs and inclusive economic growth.We must act now.
Global Health Workforce Network
From November 13 - 17, over 1000 leaders, experts and health workers from around the world are gathering in Dublin for the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health - Building the health workforce of the future. The forum will discuss and debate innovative approaches to avert a potential 18 million health worker shortfall and shape increasing demand for additional health and social workforce jobs.
The Forum is convened by Trinity College, Dublin, Health Service Executive, Irish Aid, the Department of Health, Ireland, the World Health Organization and the Global Health Workforce Network. Co-sponsors include Member States and supporting organizations engaged in the work of the Global Health Workforce Network.
The Forum is intersectoral, with participation from a range of actors across sectors such as education, health, labour/employment and finance. It is the largest open conference on human resources for health related issues and is expected to gather over 1,000 delegates from across the globe. Further information on the Forum is provided at the end of this guide and on the website: http://hrhforum2017.ie/.