WHO: 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (Nov, 13-17, 2017)

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The 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health will be held in Dublin, Ireland from 13-17 November 2017. Co-hosts already confirmed include the World Health Organization, the Global Health Workforce Network, Trinity College, Dublin, Irish Aid and the Department of Health. The Forum represents a unique opportunity to engage a multisectoral group of actors across the education, finance, health and labour sectors; multilateral and bilateral agencies; academic institutions; health professional associations and civil society, in a coherent advocacy platform.

The Forum will be an occasion to address the health workforce agenda with a multisectoral lens. The theme of the 4th Global Forum is achieving the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health milestones and the Commission’s recommendations. The Forum will:

  • Take stock of progress since the 3rd Global Forum;
  • Inform on innovations in workforce policy and practice;
  • Engage with and capture the views of various stakeholder groups on advancing implementation to reach the agreed GSHRH milestones by 2020 and 2030;
  • Promote collective actions across various stakeholder groups to accelerate implementation towards achieving global and national priorities and targets;
  • Promote learning, sharing, networking, and collaboration among HRH stakeholders.

The Forum will also facilitate special sessions to debate and discuss issues of global relevance such as, but not limited to, emergency preparedness & response, antimicrobial resistance, 90-90-90 and others.

The Forum will be designed to create opportunities to learn, generate fresh perspectives, address issues of relevance and enhance collaboration. A variety of session types – from plenary to abstract-driven innovations, interactive discussions including a youth track– will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including a marketplace area, independent side events and skills building workshops and field visits, will contribute to an exceptional opportunity of professional development and networking. The Forum will have three major groups of activities: (subject to change)

  • 13-14 November - Pre conference activities – Skills building workshops/side events; Youth forum (14th)
  • 14 (PM) - 17(AM) November - Main conference - plenary and track sessions
  • 14-17 November - All week activities - marketplace, photo exhibition

Participation at the Forum will be by subscription, with a number of sponsored places for participants from the Global South. More information on the Forum will be made available shortly, including information on registration, abstract submission process, and applications for side-events and skill building workshops

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