Public Webinar: The health workforce: a good investment

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

12:00-13:00 CET

Organised by the Global Health Centre

The High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth: Investing in the health workforce in the context of the SDGs

  • Why is investing into the health workforce the right political choice?
  • How does an investment in the health workforce contribute to the SDGs?
  • What needs to be changed to maximise future returns on investments?
  • In which areas change can be facilitated and fostered?
  • Who has to act?


The health sector is not only a key economic sector and job generator but economic growth and development also depend on a healthy population. Therefore, investing in the health workforce and in health systems is the right political choice. The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth builds on this vision and recently published its first report proposing ten ambitious recommendations for a healthy future.

The Commission’s report not only sees the opportunity to foster political commitments but also the urgency to act on all levels. It outlines the importance of a global investment in the health workforce and the social and economic benefits this will have in areas beyond just health. Gains can be made across several SDGs, 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) but it also requires upholding rights, good governance, political commitments and inter-sectorial and multi-stakeholder cooperation.

The Global Health Centre invites you to join a webinar discussion with Dr Tana Wuliji to explore the implications of the Commission’s recommendations on our economies and to foster an understanding of the urgency to act.

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Dr Tana Wuliji, Technical Officer, Health Workforce, World Health Organization







Tana Wuliji, PhD BPharm, is a health workforce specialist, researcher and policy advisor, currently working at the World Health Organization. She has led workforce studies and advised on health workforce planning and strategy implementation in 15 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Her current work supports the Joint Secretariat with the ILO and OECD for the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. As the WHO focal point on health workforce for Ebola-affected countries in 2015, she supported health workforce analysis and the development of health systems investment plans. Tana directed the Health Workforce Development unit in a USAID program to improve the quality of care and strengthen health systems in 32 low and middle- income countries between 2010 and 2014. This included studies and improvement work to optimise health worker and community health worker performance and productivity, in-service training, and health professions regulation. Prior to this work, Tana established a new portfolio on workforce and education at the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) from 2005 to 2009. She received her PhD from the University of London and a BPharm from the University of Otago.  

Please join us for this discussion with Tana and ask your questions!

The webinar is supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.