Good Health! A Key to Economic Growth
A High-Level Commission on Health Employment & Economic Growth has been established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Its task is to make recommendations to stimulate and guide the creation of at least 40 million new jobs in the health and social sectors, and to reduce the projected shortfall of 18 million health workers, primarily in low- and lower-middle income countries, by 2030.
This Commission sees a major opportunity to make gains across several Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 1 — poverty elimination — SDG 3 — good health and well-being — SDG 4 — quality education — SDG 5 — gender equality — and SDG 8 — decent work and economic growth. Its aims are to inspire action and focus global attention on the social and economic benefits of investing in the health workforce, locally and globally.
For example, the photo above features Nurse Monic who smiles as she pauses for a moment outside the busy waiting room at her health facility in Ndeija, Uganda. Credit © 2015 Lucian Alexe / Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, Courtesy of Photoshare ID 24581-4.
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Photo-Journalism Featuring this UN Commission's Six Recommendations
To achieve its mission, the UN's High Level Commission on Health Employment & Economic Growth has six key recommendations for investment.
RECOMMENDATION # 1: Stimulate investments in creating decent health sector jobs, particularly for women and youth, with the right skills, in the right numbers and in the right places. EXAMPLE: Nurses at Hospital MINSA in Tarapoto, Peru, prepare a patient for his cleft lip /palate surgery. Photo © 2013 Faith Amon, Courtesy of Photoshare ID 305-376.
Delivery & Organization
Gender Equality & Rights
RECOMMENDATION # 2: Maximize women’s economic participation and foster their empowerment through institutionalizing their leadership, addressing gender biases and inequities in education and the health labour market, and tackling gender concerns in health reform processes. EXAMPLE: A young staff of health care workers serve at the Holeta Health Center in Ethiopia. Photo © 2015 Willow Gerber, Courtesy of Photoshare ID 6407-79
RECOMMENDATION # 4: Reform service models concentrated on hospital care and focus instead on prevention and on the efficient provision of high-quality, affordable, integrated, community-based, people-centred primary and ambulatory care, paying special attention to underserved areas.
EXAMPLE: On the left, a Nurse performs a safe delivery at rural health center in Myanmar. Photo © 2004 Soe Kyaw, Courtesy of Photoshare ID 2006-931
EXAMPLE: On the right, a health worker uses a smart-phone to photograph a client she is counseling in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh, India. This 'mHealth' approach allows for greater integration between people and health care providers, using the multi-media capabilities of Smartphones. Photo © 2016 Girdhari Bora / Courtesy of Photoshare ID 38150-21
RECOMMENDATION # 3: Scale up transformative, high-quality education and lifelong learning so that all health workers have skills that match the health needs of populations and can work to their full potential. EXAMPLE: A Global Health Service Partnership Nurse teaches skills to her nursing students in northern Tanzania. Photo © 2013 Global Health Service Partnership, Photographer: Madison Louis. Courtesy of Photoshare ID 15609-1
RECOMMENDATION # 5: Harness the power of cost-effective information and communication technologies to enhance health education, people-centred health services and health information systems.
Crisis & Humanitarian Settings
RECOMMENDATION # 6: Ensure investment in the International Health Regulations core capacities, including skills development of national and international health workers in humanitarian settings and public health emergencies, both acute and protracted. Ensure the protection and security of all health workers and health facilities in all settings. EXAMPLE: Below, a volunteer nurse takes vital signs to survivors of natural disasters and flooding in Iligan City, Philippines. Photo © 2012 Requel Legaspino, Courtesy of Photoshare ID 15243-4.