Functional health systems depend on the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of health workers. Improving the global health workforce is key to achieving one of the targets under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda for health—to “substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries”—as well as several other SDGs related to employment, education and reduced inequalities.
An effective maternal health workforce requires not only a sufficient number of workers, but also equitable geographic distribution, diversity in skill, adequate education and training and strong, supportive health systems. All of these components are critical to ensure that health workers are willing and able to provide high quality maternal health care.
Call for submissions
The MHTF is curating a new blog series about the global maternal health workforce. If you are interested in sharing a unique perspective on this topic, please submit your blog post to us. See our guest post guidelines for more information.