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The 8th Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) Board Meeting held in Beijing, China, June15-16 2009


The 8th GHWA Board Meeting was held in Beijing, China from June 15-16 2009. The Health Human Resources Development Center, Ministry of Health (HHRDC) coordinated with GHWA secretariat with the organization of the meeting. Dr.Wang Suyang, Deputy DG of Department of Personnel, Ministry of Health attended the inauguration and made the speech. Experts from WHO, World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other international organizations attended the meeting.

The GHWA was established in 2006 as a common platform for action to address the crisis of health workers shortage and brain drain. The Alliance is a partnership of national governments, civil society, international agencies, finance institutions, researchers, educators and professional associations dedicated to identifying, implementing and advocating for solutions. HHRDC represented China and played an active role in the GHWA. This is also the first time for this meeting to be held in China.

Now the world is facing with a chronic shortage on health workers and an estimated 4.3 million health workers are needed to bridge the gap. In China, although it owned 2.08 million registered doctors, 1.65 million nurses and 350 thousand health executives. There still exist serious problems, such as low quality health service, imbalanced distribution, inappropriate skills mix and so on.

In this meeting, participants focused on a number of issues including country action, partnerships, monitoring and evaluation, and advocacy and communications, especially discussed the impact of economic crisis on global health human resources development. On country action, the Board discussed the country collaboration framework, the HRH profiling of crisis countries and the presentation of the new case studies. The representative of China -- the Assistant DG of HHRDC, Dr. Zhang Junhua made a special report on China’s health human resources development and challenges, as well as a report on China’s contribution of medical assistance to Africa.

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