To progress towards universal health coverage, it is worldwide recognized that it is necessary an adequate, skilled, well-trained and motivated workforce. However, most countries suffer today from numerous imbalances in their workforce. First of all, the world is facing a chronic shortage of health workers: it is estimated that more than 7.2 million professionals are lacking, and 57 countries are dealing with a severe crisis of personnel. The shortage of doctors, nurses and midwives is dramatic in Sub Saharan Africa. The continent is responsible for a 24% of the global burden of illnesses, but can dispose only of 3% of the world health workforce. Moreover, HIV, labour migration and the chronic underinvestment in human resources are contributing to worsen the situation in many Sub-Saharan African countries.
Which strategies can help reverse the trend? Who are the key actors to involve? To which health needs we should try to focus? How communities can be part of the solution? How can decision maker better invest on and manage their workforce?
Thanks to the contribution of different experts and practitioners, in this webinar we tried to better understand the problem at global level and how the development sector can contribute to address it. We looked at the burning issues and the way forward from the perspective of health system managers in Tigray (Ethiopia) and we got insights from the results achieved by the project CCM – Comitato Collaborazione Medica has been conducting in the area.
The webinar has been organized in partnership with the Italian NGO CCM – Comitato Collaborazione Medica in the framework of the project “Support to the establishment and start‐up of the Training, Research and Service Centre in Adi Shum Dhun, Mekelle, Tigray Regional State, (Ethiopia)” financially supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Conferenza Episcopale Italiana, Fondazione Rita Levi Montalcini, FNOMCEO . Please note that any views or opinions presented in this website are solely those of the promoters and do not necessarily represent those of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.