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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHPA are concerned about the report of the WHO secretariat regarding the involvement of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in governing body processes, in addition to the reactions from member states during the 145th session of the WHO Executive Board. We feel that the increase in the number of organisations in official relations with WHO, and their attendance at governing body meetings, reflects a healthy trend of increased transparency and dialogue on behalf of WHO and in our opinion, should not be restricted.
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.