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 will try to better understand the problem at global level and how the development sector can contribute to address it. We will look at the burning issues and the way forward from the perspective of health system managers in Tigray (Ethiopia) and we will finally get insights from the results achieved by the project CCM – Comitato Collaborazione Medica has been conducting in the area.
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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.
May 27, 2015
4:30pm – 6:30 pm CET
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Anthropologist by background, Marco Simonelli is an international development professional with over fifteen years of working experience in the field and at international level. Actually is working as advisor for Action for Global Health – AfGH (a network of twenty European NGOs involved in health policy in Europe of which AIDOS is referral NGO for Italy) where is leading the work on Health ODA tracking and analysis and where is overall supervisor and author for the annual AfGH policy report on health financing. He is also Advisor to the Italian Institute of Public Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità – ISS) and of the Italian branch of the Friends of the Global Fund Europe, hosted within the ISS premises.
Medical Doctor with a master degree in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has been living and working in low- and middle-income countries for over twelve years, involved in health development actions. Since 2010, she is working in East Africa as Health Advisor for Comitato Collaborazione Medica supporting the strategic planning and technical monitoring of health interventions in support of primary and secondary health care services. She has a particular passion for Reproductive Health, and maternal and child health care in particular, and the Heath System Strengthening approach. As for the latter, in line with CCM mission, she has a special interest in the training and development of the Human Resources for Health.
He is currently professor at the Bocconi University and at the SDA-Bocconi school of management, and a research fellow at the Center for Research on Health and Social care Management (CERGAS). His teachings and research include Global Health, and Development-related Policy-making and Management, International Institutions and Non profit Organizations. From 1987 to 2002, he was an Advisor to the Directorate General for Development Cooperation in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of health and social development programmes in the Americas, and Sub-Saharan African countries. He acted as the liaison officer with WHO and PAHO, represented Italy at international meetings and expert groups. Earlier on, he was a UNICEF officer in Mexico and a medical volunteer in Nicaragua.
Giorgio Cometto started his career as a physician working in Rumbek Hospital with CCM in South Sudan in the early 2000s. He has been involved in health services organization, technical assistance, health policy, planning and financing work at national, regional and global levels, working for international NGOs, the Italian Development Cooperation, and the World Health Organization. His current responsibilities at the World Health Organization include research and advocacy in support of evidence-based health workforce policies for universal health coverage. He is the focal point for the development of a global strategy on human resources for health.
He is a physician with a specific expertise in public health and international cooperation. He has 30 years of working experience in Public Health at local, regional and Ministry of Health level in Italy. He took part in short and long missions in low income countries in Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia and Lebanon) as a medical officer, Tb control Project manager, public health & training expert and HRD health adviser and trainer. He is a member of the Italian Global Health Watch (OISG) and Hospital occupational health adviser and coordinator in Rome since 2014.
Annalisa Rosso is a Public Health Resident at the Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases of Sapienza University of Rome, where she graduated in Medicine in 2002. She holds a MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She worked several years in international organizations (UNODC, UNFPA) and in the field of international cooperation for development, and volunteered for CCM as Focal Point in Rome. Her main areas of expertise include health policy analysis, HIV and drug use prevention, reproductive health, and migrants’ health.