MSH Participating in First Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

Goal is to address critical shortage of qualified health care workers CAMBRIDGE, MA (MARCH 3, 2008) — Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is participating in the inaugural Global Forum on Human Resources for Health from March 2-7, 2008, in Kampala, Uganda. The forum, organized by the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), is a critical first step in establishing a Global Action plan to address the growing shortage of qualified health care workers.

Joseph Dwyer--Leadership, Management, and Sustainability (LMS) Project Director--will be serving on a panel discussing how to develop competencies for health-sector managers. Systems Specialist Ummuro Adano will also be included in a session on human resource management systems. LMS Program Associate Mary O'Neil is leading a Human Resources for Health (HRH) Framework workshop as well as an HR Management Tools clinic with Dwyer. More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend the forum, including global leaders in international health, governments, UN and multilateral agencies, and academic institutions.

The World Health Organization estimates that more than four million health workers are needed across the world to fill the gap in the health workforce crisis. The GHWA, along with MSH, will use the forum to achieve greater knowledge of the work capacity in HRH and expand the networks and alliances around the world that bring its implementation together. The six-day event sets a precedent in addressing these global challenges affecting the field of international public health for years to come.

For more information, please visit the Global Health Workforce Alliance