My despatch from the Second Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, held in Bangkok recently for The Lancet’s World Report.
Progress patchy on health-worker crisis
With a bomb blast in Moscow’s airport, political turmoil in Egypt, and shock waves rippling through global markets last week, the crippling shortage of health workers worldwide stood little chance of grabbing headlines. But the key message from the second Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, held in Bangkok recently is troubling: national and global leaders are not treating the health-worker crisis, most dramatically evidenced in sub-Saharan Africa, as one of the most pressing issues of our times. At risk are the lives of the millions of people who need medical assistance every year and global development goals.