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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.


31 May 2023
The world’s health professions were represented in force at this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA76), which took place on 21-30 May 2023. They put their positions to WHO member states on a range of strategic topics, contributing to debates at the highest level of international health governance.
15 May 2023
WHPA is supporting evidence-based advocacy for health professionals in the emergency medicine community via its report on the impact of Covid-19 on the health professions, published in the WHO’s Human Resources for Health Observer Series. Key messages from the report were shared at this year's WADEM Congress, the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine.
7 April 2023
Leaders of the WHPA health professions were among the high-impact decision makers who attended the WHO’s Fifth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, the outcomes of which will inform the United Nations General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Care in September 2023.
29 March 2023
WHPA data was published this week documenting the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on health professionals worldwide. A first of its kind, the report highlights the urgent need to protect and safeguard health professionals, based on survey data collected by WHPA members during the pandemic.
14 March 2023
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.
3 March 2023
WHPA members continue to press WHO on including mental health protection for health professionals in new pandemic treaty.
2 February 2023
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.
5 December 2022
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.
8 November 2022

8 November 2022—The 5 members of the WHPA have today signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Health Organization (WHO). The agreement provides a framework for future collaboration between the partners, recognizing the need for multi-stakeholder partnerships to support the health workforce and address today’s public health issues.

27 January 2022

This week at the WHO Executive Board, WHPA submitted 3 joint statements:

22 October 2021
WHO estimates that between 80 000 and 180 000 health and care workers could have died from COVID-19 in the period between January 2020 to May 2021, converging to a medium scenario of 115 500 deaths. These deaths are a tragic loss. They are also an irreplaceable gap in the world’s pandemic response. WHPA, as part of WHO's steering group for the International Year of the Health and Care Worker, joins the press release and joint statement.
24 September 2021
As part of the Positive Practice Environment campaign, WHPA will run an interview series to gather real-life examples from the field, as seen through the eyes and voices of health professionals in the field.
27 July 2021
During this webinar the World Health Professions Alliance are bringing together a range of experts in mental health and the workforce to better understand what the issues are and how we can all work together to support our workforce and look after ourselves.
2 July 2021
June 2021 WHPA calls on concrete action and ambitious financial commitments to effectively help safeguard our underfunded, COVID-affected health systems. This is critical to ensuring the health, safety and retention of our essential health workforce and the community at large. We must do better to protect health professionals, their patients, families, communities, and the broader health of countries.
28 May 2021
WHPA believes that concrete action and ambitious financial commitments are required to help safeguard our underfunded, COVID-affected health systems. This is critical to ensuring the health, safety and retention of our essential workforce. We must do better to protect not only them but also their patients, families, communities, and the broader health of countries.
27 May 2021

The World Health Professions Alliance delivered the following interventions at the 74th WHA which took place this week in Geneva.

29 April 2021
Replay now available: https://youtu.be/mkNsJeo9E1I
25 March 2021
WHPA members stress that early vaccine access is critical to ensuring the health and safety of our essential workforce, protecting not only them but also their patients, families, communities, and the broader health of countries.
15 January 2021
Geneva, Switzerland, 15 January 2021 The World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) has released a message to the public requesting continued support and real action to support health professionals and other health and care workers in 2021.
12 November 2020
During the 73rd World Health Assembly, through World Physiotherapy (WCPT), WHPA submitted a joint statement urging governments to Stand up for Positive Practice Environments and highlighted the need for urgent action to address the global health workforce crisis.
29 October 2020

Join health professionals globally on Friday 6th November at 4pm CET to discuss the need for supportive workplaces & condtions. Register here: tiny.cc/WHPAWebinar.


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1 October 2020
Health professionals demand stronger healthcare systems and more investment in the workforce to improve global health outcomes . WHPA launches its Stand Up for Positive Practice Environments Campaign.
17 April 2020
17 April 2020 - We are now in the position to officially announce the cancellation of this year's World Health Professions Regulation Conference which was scheduled to take place on 16 May 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland. As health professionals, it is our responsibility to set a good example and ensure the health and safety of our community.
9 April 2020
9 April 2020 - Open letter to G20 Heads of States and Governments We are calling on you, the G20 leaders, to take coordinated action to ensure the security of the supply chain of personal protective equipment (PPE) for all health professionals and healthcare workers on the frontline against COVID-19 and in all countries alike. Only by acting in cooperation, across borders, will we be able to ensure that PPE reaches those who are literally putting their lives on the line to save our people from coronavirus. And there is no room for destructive competition between countries.
4 March 2020
March 2020 - The world’s health professionals are calling for governments to support healthcare staff in the battle against Covid-19
6 February 2020

WHPA presented two interventions at WHO's 146th Executive Board, raising concerns about the proposed changes on how non-state actors are involved in WHO events and reminding member states of the importance of a strong health workforce in achieving universal health coverage.

3 January 2020
The #WHPRC2020 programme committee invites health professionals and regulators to submit an abstract or case study for consideration as a poster displayed at the 16 May event. The deadline for submission is 30 January 2020.
19 December 2019
Join health professionals and regulators from all around the world on 16 May 2020 to learn and share insights, diverse perspectives and emerging solutions to current challenges in health professional regulation.
7 November 2019
The 6th edition of the World Health Professions Regulation Conference (WHPRC 2020) will take place on Saturday 16 May 2020 at the CICG, in Geneva, Switzerland.
16 September 2019
The World Health Professions Alliance condemns the continuing targeted attacks on hospitals in Idlib province, in Syria’s north-west.
6 June 2019
WHPA active in addressing the predicted health worker shortfall at the 2019 World Health Assembly.
24 May 2019
The WHPA, through it's members intervened on a number of issues at the WHO event in Geneva, Switzerland.
3 April 2019
Webinar announcement: Tuesday, 9 April 2019, 1pm London time / noon CET
4 February 2019
WHPA submitted various interventions at the 144th WHO Executive Board in January 2019, on water, sanitation and hygiene, Human Resources for Health and Universal Health Coverage.
25 October 2018
WHPA welcomes the recently adopted Astana declaration and stresses the need for adequate planning and monitoring to avoid generating a fragmented and disjointed system that fails to meet the total health needs of the patient.
28 September 2018
WHPA acknowledges the Political Declaration to be adopted at the third UN HLM on NCDs but calls for clearer and measurable commitments.
31 May 2018
Presentations from the World Health Professions Regulation Conference 2018 are now available.
31 May 2017
During the 70th World Health Assembly, the WHPA delivered three interventions.
31 January 2017
During the 140th Executive Board of the WHO, WHPA intervened on three agenda points.
26 September 2016
WHPA launch a video that asks viewers to choose between two products. The consequences of the decision is then shown: the person either recovers or ends up in hospital.
31 May 2016
Five interventions were delivered by WHPA members on behalf of the health professionals during the WHO's 69th World Health Assembly.
19 May 2015
Be part of the global community of health professionals who are interested in regulation, and discover effective ways of moving forward in Geneva in May 2016.
21 May 2014
Global leaders of the main health professions have urged their members to pay more attention to regulation issues and implement the right systems in order to act in the public interest.
17 May 2013
WHPA calls for a new emphasis on collaborative practice. Health professions working together around the world can lead to improved health services and a more effective use of resources.