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The Global Health Workforce (HWF) Crisis; moving from conflict to collaboration


Introduction: The COVID -19 pandemic has exposed the global health workforce (HWF) crisis that is characterized by wide spread shortages, mal-distribution and poor working conditions. Today there is a silent scramble to recruit health workers from underprivileged countries by the wealthier countries. This is inspired by the urgent need to fill gaps in the scaled up COVID-19 responses and to address long standing HWF shortages. This unregulated HWF recruitment poses a threat to global health security and is unacceptable. Fortunately, we have a solution in the WHO Code on International Recruitment of Health Personnel ( which was adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2010.

This webinar will discuss the present situation and make the case for moving from conflict to collaboration in our common quest to enable access to a skilled, motivated and supported health worker for every person in every village everywhere.


Topic: The Global Health Workforce (HWF) Crisis; moving from conflict to collaboration
Friday 22 May 2020
7:00am – 8:05 am US Eastern time, 11:00 am – 12:05 pm GMT; 1:00 pm – 2:05 pm SAST/CAT, 2:00 – 3:05 pm EAT

Facilitator/Moderator: Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde, Director HWF, ACHEST; Secretary, AFREhealth

African HWF Challenges and Impact of Migration (10 minutes)
Delanyo Dovlo, Chair , African Platform on Human Resources for Health (APHRH) Ghana; former
Director, Health Systems Cluster, WHO African Region.

Current Trends in Health Workforce (HWF) Migration (10 minutes)
Ibadat Dhillon, Technical Officer, Health Workforce Department, WHO, Geneva

WHO Code on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel; vision and potential (10 minutes)
Francis Omaswa, Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation
(ACHEST), Uganda; founding Executive Director, Global Health Workforce Alliance, WHO, Hq

OECD Perspective on the WHO Code and its implementation (10 minutes)
Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of the International Migration Division in the Directorate for
Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD, Paris, France

Case study of bilateral agreements between Sudan and Middle Eastern Countries (5 minutes)
Elsheikh Badr, Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan

Panel Discussion/Q & A from the Audience (20 min)

Hosted by AFREhealth and the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST)

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The African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) is an interprofessional health grouping that seeks to work all stakeholders interested in health profession education , research and service delivery to improve the quality of health care in Africa through research, education and capacity building. It is a conglomerate of individuals, institutions, associations and networks from all the geographic and linguistic regions of Africa namely Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone and Arabophone. Read More...

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