Health Workers for and All for Health Workers – HW4ALL

The “Health Workers for and All for Health Workers – HW4ALL” project has as general objective the strengthening of the collaboration and exchange of best practices, as well as the development of adequate tools to support the human resources policies for health workers in the EU member states, which will contribute to equal access to health care.

The specific objective of the project is enhancing the degree of awareness, understanding and involvement of the European decision makers in revising the policies and practices that have proven to be counterproductive for the health-care HR area, so that the acute staff shortages are properly addressed and the Millennium Development Goals are attained.

Everybody should have access to health services. If, however, the global health-care human resources deficit remains unchanged, 1 billion people around the world will not see any medical staff during their life time.

Currently, Romania has the smallest number of medical personnel in proportion to its population from the EU member states, and the migration phenomenon continues at an alarming pace. One needs to take common action at global level for the creation of a sustainable health-care work force and the strengthening of the health-care systems is needed at global level.

The “Health Workers for and All for Health Workers – HW4ALL” project has been launched with the opening of the “International Health-care Workers Week (April 8th-12th, 2013) and is actively supported by the World Health Organization (Who) - The European Region Bureau, which plays an important role in the efforts of the Global Health-Care Workers Alliance to develop a sustainable work force in the health-care area.

The project implementation partners are: African Medical and Research Foundation (Italy), CHPS (Romania), Humanitarian Aid Foundation Redemptoris Missio (Poland), Health Poverty Action (UK), Medicus Mundi International Network, Memisa Belgium (Belgium), Federation of Associations of Medicus Mundi (Spain), Terre des Hommes (Germany), and Wemos (The Netherlands) as coordinator.

 

2013 Results:

  • The development and preparation for publication of the operational set for users. This contains useful tools for the initiation of a constructive dialogue among the stakeholders for the identification of viable solutions, which to address both the issue of the current migration crisis of the medical staff from Romania, but also the same issue at European and global level. The key WHO reference materials, now also available in Romanian, are: the WHO Global Practice Code for the international recruitment of medical staff, A user’s guide for the European decision makers, the Kampala Declaration.
  • The development of a health-care human resources analysis at national level – comprehensive study based on a national survey, the running of semi-structured interviews, the consulting of the key stakeholders and experts in the area of health-care human resources, with the identification and write-up of recommendations that will contribute to developing and advocating for coherent and sustainable health policies, strategies and interventions, which would help ensure adequate levels of human resources in the long term at the national level, while also accounting for the European context and the global trends.
  • The launch, together with the project partners, of the on-line collaboration plaftform, an internet-based space, where all stakeholders are invited to collaborate, to exchange ideas and best practices and spell out proposals for addressing the health-care human resources issue at national, European and international levels. The users of this online collaboration platform will have the opportunity to join the efforts to change the current situation, directly contributing to increasing the coherence of the development and cooperation policies and of the health-care work force support and retainment policies at national and EU level.
  • The identification of best practices regarding the recruitment of medical staff – at local (operational) and central (decision-making) levels – is a constant process during the project implementation. In 2013, there were identified 4 cases that can be considered best practices and which are in process of being documented, after which they will be published, after validation, as per the eligibility criteria agreed among the multi-national partnership of the project.

 

The project takes place during January 2013 – December 2015.  The financing is provided by the EU/Europe Aid.