World Health Professions
Alliance Commends the Essential Contribution of Health Care Workers
GENEVA, Switzerland, 7 April 2006 - On
the occasion of World Health Day, the World Health Professions Alliance
(WHPA) is taking the opportunity to celebrate the women and men across
the world whose mission and daily work focus on supporting, caring
for and investing in the health and well-being of individuals, families
and communities. The millions of health care providers working
in every imaginable setting, tackling the full spectrum of health challenges
and frequently enduring extremely difficult conditions are the essential
ingredient in delivering all health initiatives and improving quality
of life around the globe.
Without sufficient numbers of well-trained, satisfied and motivated
health professionals the health needs of populations cannot be addressed,
and global health targets, such as the health related Millennium
Development Goals, will not be met. WHPA salutes the dedication, skill
and professionalism of all health care providers as they work together
for better health. From Lusaka to London, Kyrgyzstan to Beijing, commitment
well-being is their top concern and what makes their jobs so meaningful.
WHPA calls upon governments, the World Health Organization, NGOs
and funding agencies to make human resources in the health a priority
and commit action and resources to address the global shortage in health
care workforce. Citizens everywhere should have the right to
access the health care they need, including the appropriate facilities
and attendance by sufficient numbers of well-trained health professionals.
WHPA believes that health professional organisations can and should
make important contributions to workforce regulation, education of health
professionals, the development of related policies and workforce planning.