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is a joint WHO, ILO and OECD programme to expand and transform the health and social workforce to drive inclusive economic growth and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 
WHO led/coordinated network

The Global Health Workforce Network was established in 2016, following a request by select Member States and building on a proposal by the Board of the Global Health Workforce Alliance. The Network operates within WHO as a global mechanism for stakeholder consultation, dialogue and coordination on comprehensive and coherent health workforce policies in support of the implementation of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health and the recommendations the Commission.

Key national and local partners
  • Ministries of Health, Education, Labour, Finance, National Planning, Gender, Youth;
  • Professional associations and trade unions;
  • Regulatory authorities;
  • Private providers;
  • Civil society.
Key international partners

International Labour Organization (ILO), The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), The World Bank, The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), The European Union (EU), International NGOs.

18 million

additional health workers needed to achieve UHC by 2030 in low and lower-middle income countries.

9 million

66顺彩票appadditional nurses and midwives needed by 2030 to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health.


of the health and social workforce are women compared to 41% in all employment sectors.



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Highlighted publications

Delivered by Women, Led by Men: A Gender and Equity Analysis of the Global Health and Social Workforce Human Resources for Health Observer

Demographic changes and rising health care demands are projected to drive the creation of 40 million new jobs by 2030 in the global health and social sector....

Five-year action plan for health employment and inclusive economic growth (2017 -2021)

The five-year action plan is a joint intersectoral programme of work across ILO, OECD and WHO that is critical to supporting Member States in the effective...

Health employment and economic growth

The contents of this book give direction and detail to this important perspective by presenting new evidence and analysis. It summarizes and sets out,...

Nursing and Midwifery in the History of the World Health Organization (1948–2017)

Since the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948, nursing and midwifery development has maintained a distinguished status within the human...

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