Invest in health workers

All people, wherever in the world, should have access to a health worker. During the 138th meeting of the Executive Board of World Health Organization last week, Anke Tijtsma (director of Wemos) presented a statement about the urgency of investing in health workers.

This is a challenge in many countries. Therefore, it is crucial that governments help each other in the implementation of this human right. When it comes to the Dutch government, this means that we should not only guarantee sufficient health workers in our own country, but also help other countries in their implementation of the right to health. Our government can support other countries by financing educational institutions, for example.
It will also be helpful to have covered our health personnel here in the Netherlands, for not draining other countries of their health workers. After all: if we employ health workers from abroad, this means that they cannot work in their own countries. A few years ago, some Dutch hospitals tended to solve shortage of operation personnel by recruiting operation assistants from India – not exactly a sustainable solution of the problem.
Global shortage of health workers will not be solved in a couple of years. Many countries have precious plans, but the execution often fails due to lack of technical capacity and financing. Both NGOs and governments could play a role in helping solve the shortage. The framework of the strategic partnership Health Systems Advocacy Partnership allows us to contribute to finding a solution.

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