Universal health coverage and the post-2015 agenda

Universal health coverage and the post-2015 agenda

(The Lancet) - In her Comment (Jan 19, p 179), Jeanette Vega recognises that, to achieve universal health coverage, “challenges such as human resources for health must be addressed”—a point also explicitly mentioned in a recent UN resolution which calls for an “adequate skilled, well-trained and motivated workforce”.

Yet investment by development partners is not adequate to improve the availability, distribution, quality, and performance of human resources for health as an integral element of robust health systems. According to a recent analysis, the proportion of support provided by donors to strengthen management capacity and for health workforce development declined from 27% to 13% during 2002—10, despite the recommendation from the Task Force for Innovative International Financing of Health Systems to target 25% of health-related official development assistance to human resources for health.

To help address these challenges, the Global Health Workforce Alliance is holding the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, in Recife, Brazil, on Nov 10—13, 2013, under the theme “Human resources for health: foundation for universal health coverage and the post-2015 development agenda”. The Forum will serve as an opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned on what policy actions and investment decisions are required for the progressive attainment of universal health coverage. Countries, development partners, and other stakeholders will also be invited to make new commitments related to human resources for health in the lead-up to and at the event. Concurrently, mechanisms will be developed to track progress on those commitments, and to monitor health workforce development towards universal health coverage through equity-adjusted measures. We declare that we have no conflicts of interest.