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Side Event on Education Sep 24th: UN High Level Meeting on Universal health Coverage

August 26, 2019
julian fisher

Transforming Health Workforce Education to meet Population Needs and Achieve Universal Health Coverage

September 24, 2019 10:30-12:30 pm

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The UN High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on Universal Health Coverage: Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World takes place on Sept 23, 2019, during the 74th  UNGA meetings.  Over the past few years, global convenings, international reports, World Health Assembly resolutions (including 66.23, 67.24, 69.19) and global governance commitments call for increasing the social accountability of health workforce education and training to better meet population needs. Social accountability refers to an education institution’s obligation to orient its education, research, and services to address the needs of the communities it serves and define those needs in collaboration with key stakeholders including governments, services providers and communities. The key documents include the WHO Guidelines on Transforming and Scaling up Health Professional Education, the WHO’s Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 , National Health Workforce Accounts, and the High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth and highlight the need to reframe and reorient education and training of the health workforce. Despite these efforts, action has been limited. While social accountability is well-positioned in the emerging health workforce education global agenda, its associated strategies are not clearly articulated. In addition, current policy and regulatory environments are not always conducive to implementing the necessary institutional and instructional reforms. Hence, it is important to clarify what we mean by social accountability and discuss ways to ensure that health workforce education is designed to maximize its positive impact on health systems, health service delivery and ultimately health outcomes.

Additional resources on transformative and socially accountable health workforce education: here


Welcome & Opening

Panel 1: Bridging the classroom–to clinic divide

Vanessa Kerry, CEO of Seed Global Health, Erica Burton, Senior Analyst, International Council of Nurses, Francis Omaswa, Director, The African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation and AFREhealth Governing Council Member and Bistra Zheleva, Vice President Global Strategy and Advocacy, Children’s HeartLink


Panel 2: Delivering results:  impact of socially accountable education & training
Panelists: Jim Campbell, Director of the World Health Organization’s Health Workforce Department, Kelly Saldaña, Director, Office of Health Systems USAID Bureau for Global Health, Geneviève Moineau, President and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada,  and Björg Pálsdóttir, CEO of THEnet

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