Building a Strong Health Workforce around the World

Building a Strong Health Workforce around the World

by Shruthi Venkatesh October 10 2018, 11:25 am Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins, 44 secs

Health is the natural form of well-being. There is no doubt that still too many people around the world are unable to access even the most basic healthcare. No wonder there is a huge drawback in the world’s knowledge and innovation due to the increase in shortage of skilled health workers. The goal is to recognize the role and responsibility of those health workers to reduce the lack of justice which still persists in our world. Many private companies focus on increasing access of the workers who hold up the health system. For example: the ‘Johnson and Johnson’ aims to build a strong health workforce around the world.

                                                 Training Community health workers (The Better India)

Every health worker trained and supported helps to build a stronger community, and every enhanced community brings the world one step closer toward achieving good health and well-being for all’- Johnson and Johnson. In 2005, Johnson & Johnson partnered with world-class management faculty from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and leaders of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) to design and launch the Management Development Institute (MDI). MDI aims to improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of health care systems across sub-Saharan Africa by training leaders and managers within national Ministries of Health and other organizations devoted to delivering health care services to underserved populations. The curriculum is designed to improve management skills in areas including organizational planning, developing and managing health information systems, financial administration and health economics. The MDI Program is one solution helping to improving health systems in Africa by enhancing the management and decision-making capacity of health leaders in the region.

Training Health workers (Maya Health)

According to a recent survey, the World Health Organization, government partners and most of those private companies around the world are set to join hands to create a new Health for All Alliance scheme which will combine knowledge and resources to support essential healthcare for each individual. It includes a belief that everyone, no matter where they are, can access the care they need. This scheme does not only mean increasing the number of sheer workers but also improvising the quality care. Other unique and innovative ways to bring care and information and to strengthen health systems globally include training mothers to be health mentors, educating microcredit loan officers to be health educators, and enhancing leadership and supervision within the health work force. There is a belief that by 2020, there will be a rapid increase of those health workers with clinical education, digital innovation and leadership training. This also includes prioritizing areas to strengthen health systems. By a recent survey, 5 out of 7 billion people are cared by women health workers, yet most women still face barriers to achieve leadership roles.

Health workers act as agents of social change. They operate against all odds to deliver the quality every individual deserves. All these efforts fundamentally aim to deliver life-changing innovations to women, children and families where resources are scarce to ensure that women are healthy, children reach their potential and communities thrive. With bold actions, a healthy world is possible.

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