Event invitation and call for case studies  28th October 2013

Action for Global Health’s Human Resources Working Group and the Health workers for all and all for health workersproject are pleased to invite you to debate The Role of Health Workers in Improving the Health of Women and Girls in low and middle income countries.

Human resources are a central part of functioning health systems and are critical for achieving global health and development targets including the Millennium Development Goals.  Health workers are essential for delivering vital health services to women and girls throughout their lives.

In advance of the 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, join DFID Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Lynne Featherstone MP, UK civil society, government, health workers and academics to discuss the UK’s work on human resources for health, and what further steps the UK can take to respond to this global crisis.

The event will take two parts. You are welcome to attend both or just one of the sessions.

Policy round-table:  2.30-5.15 pm Methodist Central Hall, Westminster (Registration from 2.15)

This session is aimed at officials, policy advisors, health workers and Diaspora organisations working on both health and gender.  This session will provide an opportunity to analyse some of the key issues, and formulate messages to present to the Minister later that day and for UK delegates to take to the 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health. This will be followed by a reception with food and refreshments prior to the panel discussion.

Panel discussion 6.30-8pm: Grand Committee Room, Houses of Parliament

Speakers include: DFID Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Lynne Featherstone MP; Dr David McCoy, UCL and People’s Health Movement; Royal College of Nursing.  Chair: Meg Hillier MP; Responder: Baroness Jenny Tonge. This event is organised in collaboration with The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health and the APPG on Population Development and Reproductive Health.   Entrance is via Cromwell Green Visitor’s Entrance allowing approx. 30 mins for queues and security. Photo ID may be required.

Call for case studies

To build up a picture of the UK response to the crisis and work to strengthen global health workforces and improve the health of women and girls, all attendees are invited to submit case studies of up 800 words showcasing their organisation’s activities and impact. Some case studies may be selected for presentation during the event. All case studies will be published as part of the report of the event and will be used by the Health workers for all project.

Deadline for case studies: Please send case studies to Phillippa Lewis (p.lewis@healthpovertyaction.org) by Midday on October 21st 2013 – see the attached template for information.


Please circulate this invite amongst colleagues and networks.

For further information or to RSVP (deadline 21st October) contact Phillippa Lewis: p.lewis@healthpovertyaction.org  or 0207 840 3756.

Please indicate whether you will attend the whole event or just one of the sessions.


In November Heads of State, governments, health professionals and civil society will meet at the 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Brazil to formulate a bold agenda to tackle the crisis in human resources for health and take steps towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.  This event will examine the UK’s role in addressing this crisis.

This event is organised by Health Poverty Action, Malaria Consortium, RESULTS, Save the Children UK, The Royal College of Nursing and VSO. The project Health workers for all and all for health workers is a European civil society initiative that contributes to a sustainable health workforce worldwide www.healthworkers 4all.eu. The project is funded by the European Union.

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