The World Health Professions Alliance speaks for more than 41 million health professionals worldwide, assembling essential knowledge and experience from the key health professions in more than 130 countries.
WHPA is supporting World AMR Awareness Week #WAAW2023 with a joint social media campaign with its 5 member organizations on 18 - 24 November. Find out what health professionals can do to fight antimicrobial resistance, one of the biggest threats to global health.
WHPA has been successful in influencing the terms of the latest draft of the WHO pandemic agreement to include more support for health professionals. It delivered its appreciation and continuing concerns in an open letter and a statement at the 7th INB meeting held in Geneva this week.
The WHPA has released a statement on the treatment of health professionals in the conflict which erupted in Israel and Gaza last week calling for all parties to respect their legal obligations under international humanitarian law to protect and respect access to healthcare and ensure the safety of civilians and healthcare workers.
The world’s health professions were represented in force at this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA76), which took place on 21-30 May 2023. They put their positions to WHO member states on a range of strategic topics, contributing to debates at the highest level of international health governance.
The WHPA continues to successfully represent the interests of health professionals in the negotiations to develop a WHO instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, delivering the following statement at the seventh meeting of the pandemic treaty's Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB).
3 April 2023—The WHPA has issued a press release to mark the publication of a WHO-WHPA report which provides strong evidence of the extent of damage caused to healthcare professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic.
24 February 2023—WHPA made the voice of health professionals heard at the Fifth Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety by publishing an NGO statement highlighting that health workforce safety is patient safety.
6 December 2022—The WHPA represented the interests of health professionals in a statement made at the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) to develop a WHO instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.
WHPA’s recent report "What the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed" highlights the evidence and knowledge gathered by its five organizations on the impact of the pandemic on health professionals worldwide. We emphasize the urgent need to protect and safeguard health professionals and thus to improve the resilience of health systems in health emergency planning and response, and to strengthen mental health and psychosocial support for health professionals, both during and after pandemics and emergency situations.
To progress on UHC, there must be adequate and sustainably financed health workforce development, with a focus on integrated service delivery for primary health care. Governments and employers must provide this workforce with positive practice environments, especially during emergencies. We also welcome the call for national health systems to be inclusive of civil society.
The WHPA appreciates the proposal to establish a Global Health Emergency Council and underlines that civil society organizations must be involved in its work. We strongly support the development of a cohesive multidisciplinary and professionalized health emergency workforce. We emphasize the need for decent, safe, and responsive working conditions for the health workforce to deliver better health outcomes.
We are concerned by the inadequate access to quality NCD care and its insufficient inclusion in essential health benefit packages. 122 countries reported a disruption of NCD care due to the COVID-19 pandemic in a survey to WHO. If the burden of NCDs is to be effectively addressed, it is imperative to adopt a collaborative, interprofessional, community-based and person-centred approach.
WHPA brings together the global organizations representing the world’s dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and physicians and speaks for more than 41 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.