The World Health Professions Alliance speaks for more than 34 million health professionals worldwide, assembling essential knowledge and experience from the key health professions in more than 130 countries.
Geneva, Switzerland, 15 January 2021
The World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) has released a message to the public requesting continued support and real action to support health professionals and other health and care workers in 2021.
During the 73rd World Health Assembly, through World Physiotherapy (WCPT), WHPA submitted a joint statement urging governments to Stand up for Positive Practice Environments and highlighted the need for urgent action to address the global health workforce crisis.
WHPA are concerned about the report of the WHO secretariat regarding the involvement of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in governing body processes, in addition to the reactions from member states during the 145th session of the WHO Executive Board. We feel that the increase in the number of organisations in official relations with WHO, and their attendance at governing body meetings, reflects a healthy trend of increased transparency and dialogue on behalf of WHO and in our opinion, should not be restricted.
April 2019 - The World Health Professions Alliance has condemned new laws, recently put in place by the Brunei, which it considers to be inhumane and discriminatory, and in breach of international human rights agreements. The new penal code, introduced in April 2019, imposes death by stoning for adultery and gay sex, as well as amputations for theft and public flogging for abortion.
May 2019 - Women, children, and adolescents are the most vulnerable demographic population in healthcare. Given the important role that HCPs play in improving access to services for vulnerable populations, WHPA urges Members States to invest in and support the healthcare workforce, of which the majority are women.
WHPA brings together the global organizations representing the world’s dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and physicians and speaks for more than 31 million health care professionals in more than 130 countries. WHPA works to improve global health and the quality of patient care and facilitates collaboration among the health professions and major stakeholders.