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A day’s worth of inspiration at our 40th anniversary congress

With great enthusiasm and pride we welcomed many to our 40th anniversary congress ‘Global Health, everybody’s concern and everybody’s business, in COMM in The Hague last Friday. With various attendees – from our co-founders and partner organisations, to policy makers and students – we discussed 40 years of advocating the right to health worldwide, the current changes in the global health landscape and of course, the challenges ahead. What an inspiring day!

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Uganda’s human resources for health: paradoxes and dilemma’s

One skilled health professional for every 1,000 inhabitants and a population of 40 million people. An expenditure of USD 51 per capita on health out of which only USD 8 comes from public domestic sources. This is the present-day situation in Uganda, a country that has been facing a huge shortage of human resources for health (HRH) for many years. These shortages in HRH and in financing for health have a direct and devastating impact on numerous population health indicators, particularly on maternal mortality rates. In our country report and advocacy brief we show the results of our analysis into these figures, highlight main concerns about the current situation and present key recommendations for consideration by both donors and the government in Uganda.

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Webinar – Health workers on the move: possibilities and perspectives ten years into the WHO Code. A civil society perspective

On August 19th, the Health Workers For All Coalition – which Wemos co-chairs – held a webinar. During this webinar, Wemos’ global health advocate Corinne Hinlopen and Genevieve Gencianos of Public Services International shared their insights on the ongoing review of the WHO Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.

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This is our strategy for 2019-2023

We are thrilled to present our strategy for the period 2019-2023. Based on current trends and shifts in global health, we have sharpened our strategy and the critical issues we work on. In the coming years we will continue to work closely with partner organisations, and stay committed to striving for structural change to improve global public health, advocating the right to health for all.

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A Global Action Plan for SDG3

In 2018, the governments of Ghana, Germany and Norway requested the World Health Organization (WHO) to take the lead in an initiative to improve the coordination of international cooperation in the health sector. As a result, 12 multilateral organizations involved in the health sector are preparing a plan to accelerate, align, account and assess their efforts in the health sector for realizing the Sustainable Development Goal for health: SDG3. We applaud this initiative; here is our input for an online civil society consultation.

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Wemos’ voting advice in response to recent debate on medicines policy

At the beginning of this month, members of the Dutch Parliaments’ committee on Health, Welfare and Sport had a debate on medicines policy in The Netherlands. Subsequent to this debate, multiple motions have been submitted on which a voting session will take place today in The Hague. Prior to today’s voting round, Wemos wrote a voting advisory piece addressing the members of the committee, holding them accountable for their needed commitment towards these important issues.

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This week: 72nd World Health Assembly

From May 20-28, the 72nd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland. Each year, senior health officials from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Member States gather there to discuss the WHO’s progress, new goals and global health agenda and challenges. Wemos will be present as well as a civil society organization and attend sessions on Financing for Health, the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being and Access to Medicines.

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