Harnessing the Role of Health Workers in Achieving UHC

07 Mar 2019
07:00 - 08:10

Harnessing the Role of Health Workers in Achieving UHC

Organised by Amref Health Africa – Institute of Capacity Development, GSK Save the Children and Care International

Are Human Resources for Health the Silver Bullet to Achieving Universal Health Coverage in Africa?  One of the barriers to the attainment of UHC is the global shortage of a well-trained and skilled health workforce. Globally, the uneven distribution of health workers means that about 1 billion people lack access to healthcare services.  Addressing the shortage is therefore paramount. Beyond the numbers, however, a well-trained and motivated health workforce is necessary to build the strong health systems required for UHC.  To explore this, the Institute of Capacity Development at Amref Health Africa is convening a breakfast session, in the format of a talk show, bringing together government, NGOs, and corporate sector stakeholders to reflect on how health care workers can be harnessed to achieve UHC.

This session will be moderated by Elizabeth Ntonjira who is the Senior Manager, Corporate Communications at Amref Health Africa. The distinguished panel comprises of Dr George Kimathi – Director at the institute of capacity development, Amref health Africa, Dr Aaron Banda – CEO and Registrar,  General Nursing Council of Zambia, Dr. Daryl Burnaby – Director, Frontline Health worker Programmes, GSK, Dr. Yolanta S. Melamed – Health Adviser, Save the Children UK and Marius Gnintoungbe – Health Programme Coordinator, Care international. The panel will address the following questions:

  1. What is the most effective way to manage the health workforce in Africa to ensure that they are well motivated and retained? What are the opportunities and challenges facing Human Resources for Health (HRH) management in Africa? Do we have what it takes to seize the available opportunities to attain UHC?
  2. What’s in it for the private sector? How can the private sector get involved? What are some of the barriers keeping for-profit organisations from getting involved? What opportunities are available in forming partnerships?
  3. Have key government and community stakeholders bought into the vision of UHC?
  4. What is the role of Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) in HRH?