The last 10 years, since Ireland committed to supporting and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2001, has seen a sustained increase in commitment and actions by policy makers, practitioners and researchers, working with partners in resource-poor settings, especially in the poorest countries of Africa. The health workforce has been the cornerstone in channelling efforts to achieve the Health and HIV MDGs, where much of the focus has been on women, children and those most vulnerable to – and infected and affected by – HIV and AIDS.
The aim of the Symposium and learning event, co-hosted by the Irish Forum for Global Health and DCU, was to consolidate the breadth of research and practice that is being undertaken by Irish stakeholders in the area of the global health workforce so as to share lessons learned and generate new knowledge. We invited submissions that summarise work being undertaken in this area and were delighted to receive the submissions contained within this collection from NGOs and researchers all over Ireland. Based on the topics of the high quality submissions we have organised this collection and the symposium around four core themes:
- Community responses
- Education, training and north-south partnerships
- Health worker retention, motivation and management strategies
- Ethical recruitment and migration of health workers
More than 60 people actively participated in the symposium and learning event. After an overview presentation of submissions in each of the areas by a member of the symposium organising committee, participants worked together in discussion groups (Working Groups) to identify lessons and highlight gaps and opportunities for future collaborations.
Under the same four themes, this short report summarises the submissions received in advance of the day and the key issues discussed in discussion groups on the day.
The One Day Symposium was intended as a first step to establish the breadth of work being carried out in Ireland on the issues of the health workforce. This will now be followed by an The Irish Forum for Global Health Conference, co-hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on 2-3 February 2012 on the same theme of Global Health Workforce: Pathways to Health. This report will be a key resource document for that conference.
The Irish Forum for Global Health, Dublin City University and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland would like to that all those who made submissions and who participated in the event.
Health workers - the wheels that turn the health system
Brynne Gilmore and Edel Cronin
IFGH 2011 HRH: Presence and Support: The essential ingredients for Partnership by Richeal Nic an RÃ�Â, Key Correspondent
IFGH, DCU & RCSI
Global Health Workforce: Pathways to Health
One Day Symposium and Learning Event, School of Nursing DCU,
20th October 2011