In statements to the World Health Organization Europe 67th session, the World Federation for Medical Education has called for sustainable development of the workforce which integrates quality alongside quantity, encouraging countries to develop quality accreditation mechanisms, and to set standards for education in reference to the WFME Standards.
WFME submitted a written statement, highlighting the value of accreditation of education for the healthcare professions. It also collaborated with the IFMSA, HCWH and IPSF to advocate the importance of focusing on the quality of healthcare professionals’ education; and with ADI, MMI, EPHA, EUPHA, Studiorum, WONCA, COTEC, WFOT, WHPCA, EFNNMA, A4HP and IAHPC to advocate the need to plan, educate, recruit and retain adequate numbers of health professionals with an appropriate skills mix inside and outside Europe.
The resolution Agenda item 5(c) Towards a sustainable health workforce in the WHO European Region: framework for action was adopted by the WHO Europe 67th session.
For further information please refer to:
- Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030
- Statement by the WFME
- Joint statement by the IFMSA, HCWH, WFME and IPSF
- Joint statement by the ADI, MMI, EPHA, EUPHA, Studiorum, WONCA, COTEC, WFOT, WHPCA, EFNNMA, WFME, A4HP, IAHPC
Note: WFME is the non-state actor in official relations with the World Health Organization representing medical education worldwide. With this privilege, we are invited to participate in sessions of the WHO governing bodies. The WHO Regional sessions bring together health ministers and high-level representatives of the member states, as well as partner organisations and civil society. The main focus points of the WHO Europe 67th session held in Budapest, Hungary, are:
- opportunities and challenges for 21st-century public health in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and the Health 2020 policy framework;
- improving environment and health in the context of Health 2020 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a focus on outcomes of the 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health;
- working towards a sustainable health workforce in the WHO European Region through a framework for action;
- strengthening Member State collaboration on improving access to medicines in the WHO European Region;
- accelerating implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005) and strengthening laboratory capacities for better health in the WHO European Region; and
- building regional partnerships for health.
In September, WFME also took part in the WHO South-East Asia Regional Committee in Maldives, where Prof. Rita Sood, the President of SEARAME, presented a statement stressing the importance of accreditation of medical education in the region of South-East Asia where the steep rise in the numbers of medical schools presents a great challenge to maintaining the quality of medical education.