This Week's News 6-10 June 2011



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This Week's News
6-10 June 2011

Weekly news clippings service featuring articles on the Global Health Workforce Alliance and selection of articles from around the world on the issue of the health workforce crisis





The Global Health Workforce Alliance ¦ News from WHO and partners ¦ Africa & Middle East ¦ Asia & Pacific ¦ North America ¦ Europe ¦ Latin America & Caribbean


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Global Health Workforce Alliance

Date

Headline


Publication

09.06.11

Can MDG 6 be achieved with the Health Workforce we have?


The Alliance

10.06.11

New releases from the Second Global Forum on HRH


The Alliance

News from WHO and partners


Date

Headline


Publication

08.06.11

*Devolution and human resources in primary healthcare in rural Mali



HRH Journal

05.06.11

The 30th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS



PEPFAR

07.06.11

Médecins du Monde Canada: A reassuring presence in Cité Soleil



CIDA

08.06.11

World leaders renew commitment to AIDS, health and sustainable development 



UNAIDS

* All links to HRH Journal will be to an external web page - copy is not reproduced in this document.






Africa & Middle East


Date

Headline


Publication

03.06.11

Medical association applauds minister 



Business Day, SA

06.06.11

MALAWI: UK aid cuts hit health care


UN IRIN

06.06.11

Mobile technology 'can play role in healthcare' 


Business Live, SA

07.06.11

«Nous exerçons dans des conditions catastrophiques»


El Watan, Algeria

08.06.11

Striking medics looking for greener pastures 


The Botswana Gazette

06.06.11

Health Service workers ask FWSC to be fair in job re-evaluation


Ghana News Agency

08.06.11

Children’s plight ignored in war against Aids pandemic


Business Daily, Kenya

07.06.11

Botswana to allow sacked strikers to re-apply for jobs


Times Live, SA

06.06.11

UN:Raise budget on Health


The Citizen, Tanzania

08.06.11

Death by (lack of) pathologists



The Jerusalem Post


Asia & Pacific


Date

Headline


Publication

03.06.11

Young docs urged to specialise 



The Star, Malaysia

03.06.11

Putting money in wrong place (Editorial)



Bangkok Post

03.06.11

More than 32,900 doctors serving in Malaysia



Borneo Post

03.06.11

Economic Survey 2010-11: Infant and maternal mortality rate rising



The Express Tribune, Pakistan

05.06.11

Sindh govt raises doctors’ pay & perks 



The News International, Pakistan

05.06.11

India health costs a crisis impoverishing millions



Manila Bulletin

07.06.11

Money in illegal sex-determination tests keeping doctors off villages: Ghulam Nabi Azad



India Today

04.06.11

National medical body 'a debacle'



The Australian

05.06.11

Specialists paid to embrace telehealth 



The Sydney Morning Herald


North America


Date

Headline


Publication

06.06.11

H.P. Tests Mobile Technology in Fight Against Malaria

The New York Times

07.06.11

Nurses Rally for Health Care Funding



The New York Times

07.06.11

The hard truth about health care



The Washington Post

06.06.11

Fewer physicians move, a sign of career caution



American Medical News

06.06.11

California's Physician Shortage Likely to Get Worse



The Bay Citizen, California

07.06.11

If Health Care Is A Basic Human Right, Can Doctors Be Rationed? 



Forbes

03.06.11

Got Meds? Not Necessarily, Say U.S. Hospitals



The New American

06.06.11

Corporations Commit to Sustainable Social Impact at UN Social Innovation Summit 



The Huffington Post

07.06.11

Pieces of a U.S. Maternal Health Plan Take Shape



Women e-News

08.06.11

Without new family doctors, health-care future is bleak 

The Montreal Gazette



Europe


Date

Headline


Publication

04.06.11

Hope for health in Nigeria (Editorial)

The Lancet, UK



04.06.11

Ethiopia gears up for more major health reforms



The Lancet, UK

08.06.11

Mobile health offers hope to patients in Africa



The Guardian, UK

08.06.11

If the NHS budget is being protected, why are hospitals facing huge cuts?



The Guardian, UK

07.06.11

Lack of junior doctors will affect service, hospitals warn



Irish Times

08.06.11

NHS faces new crisis as Midwives leave to join the private sector



Express, UK

03.06.11

Reforms Needed to Stem Shortage of Birth Caregivers



Spiegel, Germany

02.06.11

Faster is not always better



The Economist, UK

07.06.11

Soins : un temps d'accès satisfaisant pour les Français malgré de fortes disparités régionales



Le Parisien, France

03.06.11

Decanos alertan de que muchos alumnos de Medicina no trabajarán como médicos

El Mundo, Spain


Latin America & Caribbean


Date

Headline


Publication

09.06.11

Severe shortage of specialist nurses, says NAJ



Jamaica Observer

03.06.11

Hospital Militar: 260 cargos sin cubrir y 1.500 cirugías en espera



El País, Uruguay

07.06.11

Enviarán a comunidades de Tamaulipas a médicos pasantes



Hoy Tamaulipas, Mexico

03.06.11

Presidente de Federación Médica dice que no hay garantía sanitaria en el país



El Nacional, Venezuela

08.06.11

Demandas preocupan a médicos



ABC, Paraguay

07.06.11

Débil y sin forma, el sistema de salud mexicano



Vanguardia, Mexico

07.06.11

Estudiantes de medicina no pasan la reválida local



El Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico

04.06.11

Médicos se buscan



Día a Día, Argentina


Global Health Workforce Alliance


New releases from the Second Global Forum on HRH

The Alliance

09/06/2011
Conference report:

Download here the Report of the Second Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 25-29 January 2011. This report synthesizes, summarises and reports on the presentations, issues, discussions, achievements, challenges, recommendations and outcomes of the Forum.



http://www.who.int/workforcealliance/knowledge/resources/secondHRHforumreport/en/index.html
Snapshots:

This leaflet highlights some of the major achievements of the Second Global Forum on HRH. In particular, it shows the diverse and unique strengths of the Alliance in catalysing the energy and resources of multiple stakeholders and giving a voice to all actors involved in improving health outcomes.



http://www.who.int/workforcealliance/knowledge/themes/advocacy/SecondGlobalForumHRH_brochure.pdf
More about the Forum: http://www.who.int/workforcealliance/forum/2011/en/index.html

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Can MDG 6 be achieved with the Health Workforce we have?

The Alliance



10/06/2011
New York, Geneva - 9 June 2011 | If international aims such as achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and universal access to HIV services are to be realised, the serious global shortage of health workers must be urgently addressed. This shortage has been severely exacerbated by the AIDS epidemic reducing staff numbers and significantly increasing the workload of those remaining.
At a side-event during the High Level Meeting on AIDS in New York this week, the need to recognise human resources as a crucial element in the global AIDS response was explored in depth. Without sufficient human resources, countries efforts to scale up comprehensive AIDS services will not be sustained, making it impossible to reach the MDGs.
The well-attended meeting, Can MDG 6 be achieved with the Health Workforce we have?, was jointly organized by the Global Health Workforce Alliance (the Alliance), with the Government of Brazil, the Commonwealth Secretariat, UNAIDS and the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF).
A lively panel discussion, including heads of state, senior representatives from donor and international organisations, civil society and the private sector, examined the interconnectivity of HIV and human resources and also shared best practices.
Joining discussants such as Honorable Mphu Ramatlapeng, both Global Fund Vice-chair and Lesotho’s Health Minister and Secretary Jarbas Barbosa, Brazil’s Secretary of Health Surveillance, were keynote speakers Honourable Dileita Mohamed Dileita, Prime Minister of Djibouti and Maxensia Nakibuuka, a Ugandan community health worker living with HIV. The session was moderated by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Laurie Garrett, who is also Senior Global Health Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations research centre.
In opening remarks Dr. Mubashar Sheikh, Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance, maintained, "Key elements of an effective HIV control strategy are clearly heath system-related. Every country at every level of socio-economic development can make progress by adopting health workforce development strategies that are evidence-based and tailored to the local context.”
HE Dileita Mohamed Dileita highlighted the effects of an insufficient number of health workers, their uneven distribution and limitations in their competencies in his own country, Djibouti. Dr. Barbosa also spoke of Brazil’s experience in dealing with HIV challenges which are exacerbated not by a problem of raw numbers of staff but by uneven distribution.
Speaking as a community health worker Maxensia Nakibuuka from Uganda emphasized the difficulties she and her colleagues faced, “We are left to do it alone. Without system strengthening, without budgets; with nothing…We need to be recognized.”
According to Hon. Mphu Ramatlapeng , the Global Fund is helping countries meet their needs, with round 11 of Fund proposals including support for health workforce strengthening. She also stressed the crucial need for all stakeholders to work together.
The role of the private sector in offering support was explored. Michael Bzdak, Johnson & Johnson ‘s Director of Contributions and Community relations, spoke of their corporate social responsibility and building health care capacity, primarily in terms of leadership, management techniques and skills training. “Our approach is less about introducing them to our business, and more about introducing them to management techniques that will help them work better in their clinics”, he said.
Dr. Sigrun Møgedal, former-Ambassador, HIV/AIDS and Global Health Initiatives, Norway, and former Chair of the GHWA board, commented on the need to “do things differently.” She referred to the recently released Alliance taskforce report Can MDG6 be achieved with the health workforce we have?” and stressed actions required by governments and other decision makers. These include:
· Estimating numbers and types of health workers needed to reach international targets;
· Strengthening health workforce management systems;
· Implementing costed plans for increasing and improving the health workforce; and
· Scaling up successful approaches.
Another important aspect raised was the need to focus considerable attention not only on workforce training but on staff retention strategies, looking at motivation and job satisfaction. This point was made by Dr John Palen, Senior HRH advisor of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The answer to the central question posed was a sobering one: if the impact of AIDS on health workers is not seriously addressed, the human resources crisis will worsen and MDG 6 will become almost impossible to attain. Although progress has been made, many gaps and challenges remain.
A report of the meeting will be made available shortly.

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The 30th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS

PEPFAR

05/06/2011


Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State


As we commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the first reported cases of HIV/AIDS in the United States, we take time to remember those who have been affected by this devastating disease and recommit ourselves to eradicating this terrible scourge.
When HIV/AIDS was first identified in the 1980s, the world was shocked by how fast the epidemic spread as we struggled to find a solution. With the remarkable work of researchers over the past decades, we have made incredible gains in the prevention and treatment of HIV. The United States and the international community stood up and took on this terrible scourge. Thanks to these efforts, millions of lives have been saved and millions more have been transformed.
The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and President Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) underscore America's commitment to this partnership to strengthen health systems and save lives. Currently, PEPFAR supports treatment for over 3.2 million people -- the vast majority of whom live in Africa. In 2010, PEPFAR directly supported access to testing and counseling services for 33 million people with HIV. In addition, US-supported programs reached over 8 million pregnant women and provided 600,000 mothers with drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, leading to more than 114,000 infants to be born HIV-free. Numbers do not tell the whole story of PEPFAR and our progress, but they are a reminder of the children, women and men whose lives are being saved every day.
PEPFAR is a key element of our foreign policy. The President had made this clear and our Administration’s commitment has been unwavering. We have also made an unprecedented multi-year pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. We are proud of our leadership in the fight against global AIDS, but we cannot do it alone. We are urging donor nations to increase their commitments, particularly through the Global Fund. And we are working with severely affected countries to find more ways for the international community to support country led efforts.
We must continue to fight for those who have been impacted by this epidemic. Too many people are getting sick and dying every day and this is simply unacceptable. We must redouble our efforts on behalf of the millions of people with HIV/AIDS, their loved ones, their families and their friends.


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