Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

Implementing Global Human Resources for Health Education Reform


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Key points: Global migration forces of health workforce / curriculum to consider and address the needs and challenges of next 10 - 15 years / 

new competences of new workforce in light of universal health coverage / WHO guidelines for trhealth professionals / need for strenthening of health workforce education and training institutions / stable and predicable funding and investment for education reform / neeed to increase efficiency overall


Dr Marie Paule Kieny (WHO) opened the plenary 2 at the 2014 Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC 2014), by building on the message from the 3rd Global Forum; that

the current model of health workforce education and training is not allowing us to deal with the complex challenges we are currently facing and will constrain us as we seek to address some of the immense challenges gathering on the horizon. She challenged the current approach and funding of health workforce education, “we need to move beyond achieving “quick wins”, but rather develop a long-term strategy for health education reform”. 


Such policy and strategy must be future oriented, targeted to reach broader populations and have inter-ministerial commitment to common political goals, which must be tied to stable and predictable investment. PMAC 2014 offers a great opportunity to build on and strengthen the Recife outcomes and the global agenda on transforming health workforce education. It provides a forum for stakeholders to work together to transform the health workforce, not in a reactive, piecemeal fashion, but as a central and integral part of the post 2015 development agenda, as called for the in Recife Declaration. 


At the same time it is essential to acknowledge the global movement of the health workforce and that this mobility can create challenges for those countries most in need. The 2010 WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel takes steps to address potential effects of “brain drain” and it is important to ensure that this code of practice is adhered to by all Member States and partners, not just some. 


Dr Kieny noted that “WHO has a unique position and responsibility to set global guidance”. It has taken into consideration a number of important reports and documents on health systems financing and health workforce education in order to develop global guidance. One of the reports that has featured significantly during these discussions has been the Lancet Commission Report, Health Professionals for a New Century published in 2010. The reports recommendations contributed to the WHO global guidelines on Transforming and Scaling up Health Professional Education published in November 2013.


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