14 September 2018 – The meeting of the International Platform on Health Worker Mobility took place on the 13th and 14th of September 2018 at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting was jointly hosted by ILO, OECD, and WHO, as part of the Working for Health Programme. It built on the previously held High Level Dialogue on International Health Worker Migration.
Seventy-nine participants gathered to discuss existing policy measures and to identify strategic actions to strengthen the management and governance of health worker mobility. The participants included thirty-seven representatives from national governments; eighteen representatives from civil society including representatives from trade unions, employers’ associations, national regulatory bodies and international credential verification organizations; and twenty-four representatives from international agencies.
Strategic actions identified by the meeting participants included strengthened information and knowledge exchange at the global level; capacity-related support for the development, implementation and monitoring of bilateral agreements; review of the criteria and list of countries with critical health workforce shortages; strengthened policy and multi-sectoral dialogue at the national level; and the development of knowledge repositories in relevant areas (e.g. texts of bilateral agreements, competency framework, mapping of qualifications across jurisdictions).