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Title: Ministerial Round Table:Strengthening health workforce in South-East Asia in order to expand delivery of effective services - SEA/RC68/26
Authors: World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia
Issue Date: 23-Jul-2015
Publisher: WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia
Place of publication: New Delhi
Language: English
Description: Globally, at least 400 million people still do not have access to one or more essential health services, according to a report just published by WHO and the World Bank. Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) is a South-East Asia Region priority and has a critical place in the new Sustainable Development Goal for health. Making progress on universal health coverage means ensuring that all people receive the quality, essential health services they need, without suffering financial hardship. To date, there has been much international attention on financing for UHC. Less attention has been given to ways to improve coverage with quality health services - which has to happen in parallel with sound financing strategies if real progress towards UHC is to be made. This focus, however, is beginning to shift. In the Region, in addition to addressing health financing for UHC, there have been commitments to improve access to essential medicines and to strengthen the health workforce. During this Regional Committee, patient safety and UHC will be discussed as well as community–based service delivery. In addition, a WHO draft global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services has just been released for public consultation for submission to WHO governing bodies in 2016. This background paper for the Ministerial Round Table summarizes: • The draft WHO global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services and its five main directions: empowering and engaging people; strengthening governance and accountability; reorienting the model of care; coordinating services; and creating an enabling environment. • Progress on activities to strengthen the health workforce in South-East Asia. The following issues may assist discussion by ministers on strengthening the health workforce and expanding delivery of effective services: • What progress is being made in expanding delivery of quality, essential health services to those who have not been getting them? What have been the major obstacles? • What experience is there in delivering more people-centred and integrated services? • Are the actions being taken to strengthen the health workforce in the Region helping to improve the production, distribution, retention and performance of health workers in Member States? Are there opportunities to further accelerate progress? The attached working paper to be presented to the Ministerial Round Table was submitted to the High Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting for its review, and was noted.
Gov't Doc #: SEA/RC68/26
Appears in Collections:Regional Committee Meeting 68 Dili, Timor-Leste, 07-11 September 2015

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