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International Council of Nurses (ICN)
International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
World Dental Federation (FDI)
World Medical Association [WMA]


World Health Professions Alliance Commends the Essential Contribution of Health Care Workers Worldwide



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 to people’s 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.


Editor’s Note:

World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) (www.whpa.org)
The World Health Professions Alliance brings together dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy through their representative international organisations, the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), the World Dental Federation(FDI) and the World Medical Association (WMA) and represents more than 20 million health professionals worldwide.


  • The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of 129 national nurses' associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide.  Operated by nurses for nurses since 1899, ICN is the international voice of nursing and works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.

  • The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of the national organisations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.  Pharmacists are health professionals dedicated to improving the access to and value of appropriate medicine use.

  • The World Dental Federation (FDI) is the authoritative, worldwide voice of dentistry with more than 150 member associations in 134 countries around the world, representing more than 900,000 dentists internationally.

  • The World Medical Association (WMA) is the global federation of national medical associations, representing the millions of physicians worldwide.  Acting on behalf of physicians and patients, the WMA endeavours to achieve the highest possible standards of medical science, education, ethics and health care for all people.


For further information contact Linda Carrier-Walker Tel :  +41 22  908 0100;
fax :   +41 22  908 0101;  email:  ; Web site  www.icn.ch 



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