On The Theme:

Positioning the African HWF for Action to Attain the SDGs”

Date: 19th to 21st April 2017, Kampala, Uganda.

Kampala, Commonwealth Speke Resort & Conference Center (Munyonyo).

The African Platform on Human Resources for Health, (the African Platform), will hold the 5th African HWF Forum in Kampala, Uganda, from Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st April 2017. The African Platform is the regional arm of the Global Health Workforce Network (GWN) that was launched in Geneva last December, 2016 as the successor of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA).

Emerging evidence from studies on the Global HWF Strategy 2030 shows that despite spirited advocacy and several interventions over the last decade, African HWF densities have stagnated and have worsened in some countries. At the same time there are global developments such as the SDGs, the new in Global Health Workforce

Strategy, the UN Secretary General’s High- Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth and the Five-Year Action Plan to implement its recommendationsThe African Union Commission has also launched a new Health Strategy during 2016.

Against this background, the African Platform Board and the 3rd Congress of the African Health System

Governance Network (ASHGOVNET) specifically requested the African Platform to convene the forum of member networks, African countries and partners. The Board and Congress further requested the African Platform to work with the Africa Regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO/Afro), and partners to urgently consider an enhanced technical support program for African Countries with the view:

Goal: “To prepare the African HWF for Action to Attain the SDGs”

Expected Outcomes:

  1. Stronger country level health workforce leadership, development and management, especially at the Ministries of Health of Member States. This will include recruiting the contributions of other relevant sectors and actors at country level.
  2. African Member states better able to translate for action key regional and global health policy developments.
  3. African countries committed to fast track the strengthening of Health Workforce information systems. These are needed for management of HWF inflows, stock and outflow as well as implementing the WHO Code on International Recruitment of Health Personnel. The result will be improved reporting on the code for the 3rd round due next year in 2018.

Specific Objectives are to:

  • Review the status of implementation of the “Road map for scaling up human resources for health for improved health service delivery in the African Region 2012–2025” that was launched in 2012
  • Gain deep understanding of relevant recent developments such as the “Global strategy on human resources for health: (Workforce 2030)”; the African Health Strategy.; the Five-Year Action Plan to implement the recommendations of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth .
  • Facilitate exchange and sharing of regional experiences, from joint learning.
  • Highlight the role of Nursing and Midwifery as the backbone of the Health System
  • Provide the opportunity to build an informed African voice for active engagement and participation at   the 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, scheduled to be held in Dublin, Ireland from 13-17 November 2017.