Mark your calendar! Many online events will be taking place to honor health workers around the globe. CapacityPlusplaces health workers at the center of all our efforts, and we embrace the World Health Organization’s broad definition of health workers as “all people engaged in actions whose primary intent is to enhance health.” More information about World Health Worker Week to come; in the meantime, check out Health Workers Speak and get started by tweeting about health workers using #WHWW2015 and #HealthWorkersCount.
The world needs seven million additional health workers to meet the goal of high-quality health care for all. A competent workforce with the right skills mix is vital for meeting the demand for family planning, achieving an AIDS-free generation, and ending preventable child and maternal deaths. However, the current resources available to finance health worker education are woefully inadequate, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
Rebecca Bailey, CapacityPlus team lead for health workforce development, will offer an overview of the main financing sources for education and introduce some innovative approaches for diversifying revenue sources with a focus on the private sector.