Second expert meeting on human resources for health in small countries in the WHO European Region

9–10 December 2019 Venice, Italy

On 9–10 December 2019, the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development, Venice, Italy, of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, will host the second expert meeting on human resources for health in small countries in the WHO European Region.

Gabrielle Jacob, Programme Manager, Human Resources for Health (HRH) Programme, WHO Regional Office for Europe, will lead the meeting with the support of Jim Buchan, WHO Consultant, HRH Programme, and Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, President of the European Public Health Association, Consultant in the Ministry of Health of Malta, and Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services Management, University of Malta, where she jointly heads the WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Systems and Policies in Small States.

During the meeting, HRH experts from the 11 countries participating in the Small Countries Initiative (Andorra, Cyprus, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino and Slovenia), as well as representatives of the Canary Islands (Spain) and the Autonomous Region of Madeira (Portugal) and WHO experts will discuss possibilities for an integrated approach to building sustainable, resilient health workforces in small countries.

The event will focus on postgraduate training and monitoring and managing workforce mobility, two priorities identified at the first expert meeting held in Venice, Italy, in December 2018:

Postgraduate training

Providing health professionals with a full range of postgraduate specialty training presents challenges; intercountry collaboration on doing so is needed. This issue will be explored in detail, using a labour-market approach.

Monitoring and managing workforce mobility

Small countries can be particularly vulnerable to even small outflows of migrant health workers, and may have to rely on internationally recruited health workers. Improving capacity for monitoring HRH mobility, and promoting policies on the management of health-workforce mobility, including country-to- country bilateral agreements, can alleviate this situation. The meeting will consider this issue, as well as the potential of the recently established Global Platform on Health Worker Mobility to support implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.