Recap of Global Forum on Human Resources for Health and International Conference on Family Planning

The Leadership, Management, & Governance Project, which aims to improve leadership, management and governance practices to strengthen health systems and improve health for all, played a key roles at recent events around the world. In November, the LMG Project attended multiple events including two key events on family planning and the health workforce. Below are brief recaps.

The Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, hosted by the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) November 10-13 in Recife, Brazil, brought together policy makers, experts in the health workforce, and frontline health workers to focus on Human Resources for Health: foundation for Universal Health Coverage and the post-2015 development agenda. Along with lead partner Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the LMG Project lead a session entitled, Developing Leadership for Managing and Governing Universal Health Care (UHC): Innovations and Evidence from the Field. Deputy Project Director Xavier Alterescu blogged from the event about the opening ceremony and the drive by the international community to bring Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to life. Mr. Alterescu later continued with a recap of a fascinating panel session on public-private partnerships to advance human resources for health. The forum ended with a presentation on the conference outcomes and added questions on how to better represent women in senior management roles. During the forum, LMG partner The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) received a Partner award for their effort in promoting long lasting changes in health in Africa.

Photo by Warren Zelman



The LMG Project also attended the 2013 International Family Planning Conference held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from November 12th to the 15th, 2013. Hosted by The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia with a multitude of international and national partners. Sarah Lindsay, Technical Officer for the LMG Project, wrote of the many panels and discussions held during the conference. LMG and partner, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), presented at a pre-conference event our newest publication, “An Open Mind and a Hard Back: Conversations with African Women Leaders". Ms. Lindsay later wrote of the opening ceremony and the themes to be discussed during the week. LMG had conducted a few side events during the conference: a Youth Leadership Workshop on Family Planning and a presentation on the IBP consortium's Guide to Fostering Change to Scale Up Effective Health Services. The conference's closing event, focused on good governance and the accountability needed in the post-MDG agenda.

Photos by Warren Zelman