Civil society plays a key role in pushing for effective policies and holding governments and the private sector accountable on human resources for health. However, limited fiscal space and budgetary restrictions are still a major bottleneck in the absorption of health workers in the public health sector, thus hampering the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and global health security. Also, human resources for health are generally considered a national responsibility, although health workforce mobility and migration will likely increase in years to come.  As civil society, we more than ever need to address these issues and revive our advocacy responses for a sustainable workforce.

During the 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Dublin, in November 2017, the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), Medicus Mundi International (MMI) and its HRH working group, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Wemos organized a civil society session on “How can civil society spur action on ensuring health workers for all?”. Participants then confirmed the need to launch a renewed Civil Society Organization Initiative on HRH:

  • to make sure global and national policy making on HRH includes and considers the voice(s) of civil society
  • to push for and critically watch implementation of agreed programmes, policies or strategies on HRH at all   levels
  • to hold governments and other stakeholders to account on their commitments
  • to provide a space to CSOs for sharing assessments, mutual learning and strategizing
  • to identify and implement topics and fields of joint civil society action at the World Health Organization and beyond


  • What happened after our conversations in Dublin: actions taken
    (Jorge Vega Cardenas)
  • Where we are going: discussion on the agreement for the initiative
    (Linda Mans)Moderators
  • Francis Omaswa, Director ACHEST
  • Mariëlle Bemelmans, Director Wemos


Graduate Institute, Maison de la Paix
Chemin Eugène Rigot 2, Geneva

Registration and contact for enquiries

Jorge Cardenas,, Tel: +31 20 435 20 5
Please register via e-mail, by Saturday 19 May 2018
Sandwiches and drinks are available for registered participants

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