The World Health Professions Alliance speaks for more than 41 million health professionals worldwide, assembling essential knowledge and experience from the key health professions in more than 130 countries.
WHPA has been invited to contribute its expertise and represent the voices of health professionals around the world at the WHO’s Fifth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health. Register today for our parallel session on the impacts of Covid on the professions: Monday 3 April, 10.45-12.15 CET, online.
The WHPA raised the concerns of health professionals at the WHO’s Executive Board (EB), continuing its collaboration with the highest levels of WHO governance. It presented constituency statements on the global architecture for health emergency preparedness and on UHC.
The WHPA last week sent an open letter to the co-chairs of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) for the WHO’s future pandemic treaty, welcoming the latest draft but also pointing out where support for health professionals still falls short.
6 December 2022—The WHPA represented the interests of health professionals in a statement made at the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) to develop a WHO instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.
8 November 2022—To mark the signing of an historic Memorandum of Understanding between the 5 members of the WHPA and the World Health Organization (WHO), the partners have issued a joint press release outlining the need for a collaborative approach to investing in the health workforce and emphasizing the shared goals of the partner organizations.
To progress on UHC, there must be adequate and sustainably financed health workforce development, with a focus on integrated service delivery for primary health care. Governments and employers must provide this workforce with positive practice environments, especially during emergencies. We also welcome the call for national health systems to be inclusive of civil society.
The WHPA appreciates the proposal to establish a Global Health Emergency Council and underlines that civil society organizations must be involved in its work. We strongly support the development of a cohesive multidisciplinary and professionalized health emergency workforce. We emphasize the need for decent, safe, and responsive working conditions for the health workforce to deliver better health outcomes.
We are concerned by the inadequate access to quality NCD care and its insufficient inclusion in essential health benefit packages. 122 countries reported a disruption of NCD care due to the COVID-19 pandemic in a survey to WHO. If the burden of NCDs is to be effectively addressed, it is imperative to adopt a collaborative, interprofessional, community-based and person-centred approach.
The delivery of high-quality health services depends on environments that support decent work conditions. Throughout the pandemic, healthcare personnel have worked long hours, faced unwarrantable violence and worsened mental health in high-pressure environments. Under-investment has resulted in the deterioration of working conditions. The “protection and performance” of the HWF requires legally binding strategies to guarantee the safety of health personnel especially in high-risk settings, including rural areas.
WHPA brings together the global organizations representing the world’s dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and physicians and speaks for more than 41 million health care professionals in more than 130 countries. WHPA works to improve global health and the quality of patient care and facilitates collaboration among the health professions and major stakeholders.