The resolution on health system strengthening, calls for countries to implement the voluntary code, so that both source and destination countries can derive benefits from the international migration of health personnel, as well as to mitigate the negative effects of health worker migration on health systems. National health workforce plans are an integral part of […]
World Health Assembly: Need of reforms and new initiatives
In her opening address, Margaret Chan, WHO Director General mentioned amongst the successes the development of new vaccines to fight meningitis, pneumonia and diarrhoea and progress in the fight to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other preventable diseases. Those improvements are partly the result of ‘the recent efforts so many Member States and development partners have […]
The EU: a global player in health and development?
The conference gathered over 30 parliamentarians from across Europe and a range of expert speakers, including Dr Malcolm Potts, the eminent demographer from Berkeley University (USA) and Peter Colenso, Head of the Human Development Group in the Policy and Research Division of the UK Government’s Department for International Development. At the meeting representatives of the […]
EU-wide tax on financial transactions is a ‘win-win solution’
As governments attempt to rein in public deficits, and with many EU member states scaling back their overseas development aid (ODA) contributions, an FTT is capable of generating the kind of revenue which is needed to put progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) back on track. As Natalia Alonso points out, “The introduction of […]
No health without health workers
Facts Some 4.3 million extra healthcare workers are needed worldwide to make essential healthcare accessible to all Up to 50 per cent of doctors from Angola, Haiti, Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leona or Tanzania work in an OECD country Bridging the gap As world leaders and international experts meet in Bangkok to discuss the global health […]
Financing the AIDS response – A question of efficiency or more money?
In his special opening address to the conference, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, highlighted that currently those responding to the AIDS pandemic face an “agonising choice between who can live and who must die” as a result of inadequate funding; a situation which he said cannot be allowed to happen. Julio Montaner, Co-Chair of the […]