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Global Health Workforce Programme launched in Accra

The Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and UK Department of Health and Social care (UK_DHSC) in partnership with the Ministry of Health have launched the Global Health Workforce Programme in Accra.

The programme which places priority on Universal Health Coverage is aimed at strengthening the Health Workforce in Ghana.

In a speech delivered on behalf of Country Representative of World Health Organization (WHO), Prof. Francis Chisaka Kasolo, he said "The Ministry of Health with its comprehensive National HRH policy, lays a clear policy direction to ensure access to a health force with adequate and requisite knowledge, skills competencies an attitude, who are equitably distributed and motivated to provide the needed quality healthcare in both private and public sector"

He added that the policy aligns with Ghana's roadmap for UHC, the health Sector Medium Sector Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3) to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all.

"Low- and middle-income countries like Ghana seeking to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) face human resource constraints - whether in the form of health worker shortages, maldistribution of workers, inadequate mix of skills and competences, poor worker performance, and the recruitment, raining and retention of skilled health workforce that seriously undermine their ability to achieve well-functioning health systems"

He hinted that in September 202e, WHO participated in a scoping mission by THET to identify key health workforce priorities, required to advance health strengthening and propel Ghana towards its goal of achieving UHC by 2030.

He cited regulation van quality improvement of medical, nursing an midwifery and pharmacy education and training as one of the thematic areas identified.

"Strengthening of postgraduate and specialist education and training, strengthening capacity of health system and HWF leadership and management as well as evidence generation and learning"

He stressed that the launch of Global Health Workforce Programme was timely as it sought to addresssome of the potential interventions emanating from the preliminary analyses from the HLMA.

"The Global Health Workforce Programme, also funded by the UK and managed by Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), aim to develop the health workforce in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, in building stronger, more resilient health systems for Post-pandemic recovery to make progress towards UHC"

He also added that the WHO will continue the collaboration with THET, providing technical guidance to the grant recipients, ensuring the smooth implementation of all projects.

Director of the Human Resources for Health Directorate (HRHD), Ministry of Health, Dr. Kwesi Asabir commended the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and UK Department of Health and Social care (UK_DHSC) for the initiative.

He pleaded the Ministry of Health's commitment to the project.

He was confident that the programme will achieve its intended purpose not only in Ghana but Kenya and Nigeria.

Other speakers also commended Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and UK Department of Health and Social care (UK_DHSC) for the programme.

They pledged their suport to the success of the programme.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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