Public Services International

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Meeting: 
Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
12.3 Human resources for health
Statement: 

PSI brings 14 million health workers in 156 countries together. We welcome the opportunity to speak on this agenda item.

We note the Report of the third round of national reporting on the WHO Global Code of Practice and the slight net increase in MS reporting in this round.

We reaffirm the Code’s importance in providing the framework, and guidance for the governance of health worker mobility and migration, and support WHO’s stance on its continued high relevance.

We also look forward to advancing our contribution and partnership with the WHO in the International Platform on Health Worker Mobility.

PSI commends WHO on the implementation of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030. We consider the developed national health workforce accounts model a very useful instrument.

We are building the capacity of our members to utilise it for stimulating needed social dialogue and join WHO in urging MS to report their national data on HRH.

PSI urges MS consolidation of progress on the Working for Health five-year action plan.

The importance of investment in HRH cannot be overemphasized. We thus urge MS to commit adequate resources for improving employment and working conditions in the health services.