Global Forum Calls for Urgent Action to Resolve Health Worker Crisis

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The first Global Forum on Human Resources for Health called for immediate and sustained action to resolve the critical shortage of health workers around the world, setting out the essential steps that need to be taken over the next decade to turn the crisis around.

Nearly 1500 participants, including donors, experts and more than 30 ministers of health, education and finance, endorsed the Kampala Declaration and Agenda for Global Action. The Forum, held in Kampala, Uganda, and organized by the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), mandated the Alliance to monitor progress made on the Agenda and report its findings in 2010. "Health workers are the cornerstone of health systems and action is long overdue. This Forum and the Agenda bring much needed attention to the issue," said WHO Deputy Director-General Dr Anarfi Asamoa-Baah who spoke at the Forum.

Read the World Health Organization (WHO) Press Release