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The Project (2013-2015)

The project "Health workers for all and all for health workers" was a European civil society initiative that aimed at contributing to a sustainable health workforce world-wide.

The starting point

"Today over 50 countries, mainly in Africa and South Asia, suffer from a critical shortage of health personnel, while they carry a large part of the global burden of disease. In the aging societies of European countries, the number of people who need long-term care is growing, thus fuelling demand for health workers. As the labor market becomes more globalized, rising demand is driving migration and mobility amongst health personnel. The recruitment of health workers abroad is a way of meeting the domestic demand, but can worsen the shortage of qualified personnel in both low- and middle-income countries and Europe.

Action towards achieving a sustainable health workforce and strengthening health systems is a joint enterprise. In collaboration with organizations in Belgium, the UK, Italy, Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain and the Netherlands, and with the support of health workers and citizens, the project «Health workers for all and all for health workers» calls upon politicians and policymakers to implement the Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.

Through advocacy and campaigning, we contribute from Europe to a sustainable health workforce worldwide. We focus on lasting improvements in national, European and global policy, such as compliance with international agreements that benefit human resources for health. We develop and share tools for policy analysis and (inter)action to increase knowledge and understanding of human resources for health from a global health perspective."

Project outcome

"Today over 50 countries, mainly in Africa and South Asia, suffer from a critical shortage of health personnel, while they carry a large part of the global burden of disease. In the aging societies of European countries, the number of people who need long-term care is growing, thus fuelling demand for health workers. As the labour market becomes more globalized, rising demand is driving migration and mobility amongst health personnel. The recruitment of health workers abroad is a way of meeting the domestic demand, but can worsen the shortage of qualified personnel in both low- and middle-income countries and Europe.

Therefore, the project ‘Health Workers for All and All for Health Workers’ (HW4All) wanted to increase the coherence between development cooperation policies and domestic health policies and practices of European Member States with regard to the strengthening of the health workforce. The main emphasis was on countries with a critical shortage of health workers. Thereby the project aimed at contributing to a sustainable health workforce worldwide.

Within the 3-year project period, the project partners have implemented all planned activities at national and EU level, and even more. The result is rich, we have achieved a lot, but there is still a way to go."

Summary reports on the outcome of the HW4All project at European and national level are available now in the "outcome" section. The overall report can also be downloaded here:

After HW4All: Continued engagement

After the end of the HW4All project, civil society engagement for the implementation of the WHO Code of Practice has been sustained within the working group on Human Resources for Health (MMI HRH) of the Medicus Mundi International Network.