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.
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.
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.
3 April 2023—The WHPA has issued a press release to mark the publication of a WHO-WHPA report which provides strong evidence of the extent of damage caused to healthcare professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.