World Health Assembly 20-28 May - Community health workers

14 May, 2019

Dear HIFA colleagues,

The World Health Assembly convenes 20-28 May at WHO, Geneva. Daily news on WHA is available here:

If any HIFA members are planning to attend, please do share your observations by sending email to:

I would like to highlight that the WHA will include consideration of the draft resolution on Community health workers delivering primary health care: opportunities and challenges.

The Resolution 'URGES all Member States, as appropriate to local and national contexts and with the objective of the success of primary health care and the achievement of universal health coverage:

(1) to align the design, implementation, performance and evaluation of community health worker programmes, including through greater use of digital technology, with the consolidated evidence presented in the WHO guideline on health policy and system support to optimize community health worker programmes, with specific emphasis on implementing these programmes to enable community health workers to deliver safe and high-quality care;

(2) to adapt as appropriate and support implementation of the WHO guideline on health policy and system support to optimize community health worker programmes at national level as part of national health workforce and broader health sector, employment and economic development strategies, in line with national priorities, resources, and specificities;

(3) to strengthen the relevance, effectiveness and implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel, including cooperation with health ministries, civil service commissions, and employers to deliver fair terms for health workers and a positive practice environment to enable their effective deployment, retention and adequate motivation to deliver high-quality care and build a positive relationship with patients...'

Read in full here:

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Community Health Workers

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