October 3, 2011
NYU Nursing Conference Tackles Key Unrecognized Problem in Global Health
Why does global health workforce matter? The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 4.3 million nurses, midwives, doctors and public health workers are needed in low- and middle- income countries in the next two decades to fill the projected human resource gap. Of the children under the age of 5 who die each year, almost 2/3 could be saved by health workers in clinics and in their communities.
In September, 2011 members at the UN General Assembly, committed to tackle the unprecedented rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle- income countries--80% of the world’s deaths from NCDs occur in these settings. An adequate health work force is a fundamental prerequisite for strong and efficient health systems. Many of the 28.8 million deaths could have been prevented if these countries had more health care workers to prevent, diagnose and treat these conditions.
The foundational problem in global health— the world-wide dearth of a skilled and motivated health care workforce – will be the subject of a major conference organized by the NYU College of Nursing.
New York University College of Nursing Global (NYUCN Global) hosts “Strengthening 21st Century Global Health Systems: Investing Strategically in the Health Care Workforce,” Thursday, October 13, 2011, 11:15 am - 6:00 pm at McKinsey & Company, 55 East 52nd Street, 21st Floor, between Park and Madison Avenues, NYC.
The goal of the Summit is to bring private foundations and new funders into the conversation on improving global health by investing in the health care workforce. Philanthropy in global health has typically not targeted workforce development as part of health system strengthening, but rather has historically supported disease-specific initiatives with minimal investment in the health care workforce as essential infrastructure.
The Summit will serve as platform for active exchange to identify workable strategies to strengthen human resources for health and to spark investment and action by interested funders, foundations and institutions.
For full conference details, please see the brochure (pdf) here.
To contact the Summit organizers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For reporters interested in covering or attending the conference or conducting interviews please contact Christopher James at 212-998-6876 or email@example.com
About the New York University College of Nursing
NYU College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing education, research, and practice. For more information, visit www.nyu.edu/nursing
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Press Contact: Christopher James | (212) 998-6876