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2021 designated because the International Year of Health and Care Workers

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Member States on the resumed digital, 73rd World Health Assembly, recognizing the dedication and sacrifice of the thousands and thousands of well being and care employees on the forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic, unanimously designated 2021 because the International Year of Health and Care Workers (YHCW).

Member States and Non-State Actors in unison, spoke to the crucial position of well being and care employees in making certain our well being and prosperity. They emphasised the urgency and crucial to deal with persistent well being employee challenges. 

As a part of the ten-year anniversary and assessment of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel (Code), the World Health Assembly mentioned the rising scale of worldwide well being employee migration.  Member States acknowledged the excessive relevance of the Code, significantly within the context of Covid-19, and known as for its’ strengthened implementation. 

Further, Member States expressed dedication to the moral ideas and practices of the Code, urging prioritization of assist and safeguards for the international locations with the best vulnerability, together with better funding. 

The Code was recognized as a number one and universally acknowledged regulatory instrument beneath WHOs stewardship, and as such, Member States known as for WHO and improvement companions to strengthen its financing, implementation and monitoring.  

Earlier within the week, in her keynote deal with to the World Health Assembly, Her Royal Highness Princess Muna of Jordan reminded us that applause with out motion is now not acceptable and urged member States to put money into well being, well being techniques and in well being and care employees.

The 73rd World Health Assembly, by means of its resolution to strengthen Code implementation and to designate 2021 because the YHCWs displays a collective imaginative and prescient on the well being and care workforce. The Secretariat was additionally requested to replace the Strategic Directions on Nursing and Midwifery and submit it to the 74th Assembly for its consideration.

Reflecting instantly after the choice of the Assembly, Jim Campbell, Director of the Health Workforce Department in WHO headquarters, said:

“Today’s decision gives clear direction on consensus and the necessary actions on the health and care workforce.  WHO urges all Member States, International Financing Institutions, Global Health Initiatives and partners to invest in health workforce readiness, education and learning to manage the pandemic, maintain health services and prepare for a COVID-19 vaccine”.

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