Healthcare workers

Healthcare workers

Which organizations or people facilitate the group?

  • Women in Global Health
  • Global Health Workforce Network’s Gender Equity Hub
  • Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • John Hopkins University
  • Gavi
  • Last Mile Health
  • Wemos
  • University of the Western Cape
  • BC Women’s Health Foundation
  • Sangath India
  • Center for Global Development
  • Newcastle University
  • The University of Warwick
  • Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE)
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Birk Beck University of London
  • The University of Manchester
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  • University of Virginia
  • Medzinischen Universität Wien

What is the aim of your group? 

In collaboration with the World Health Organization’s Gender Equity Hub, the sub-group focuses on healthcare workers, COVID-19, and issues of equity. In most countries, women are the majority of patient-facing frontline health workers (globally 70% of health workers are women, 90% of nurses are women, and in many contexts, the majority of community health workers). Furthermore, this sub-group will take an intersectional approach to understand health worker experiences during COVID-19. In many contexts, there are significant differences in the ethnic, racial, caste, etc composition of the health workforce, with underrepresented social groups clustered into lower status sectors in health (community health workers/nursing aides rather than senior physicians and surgeons). This sub-group will look into research insights as to how COVID-19 has impacted women, healthcare workers, in terms of:

  • Infection rates
  • Unpaid work
  • Equity and structural and workplace discrimination
  • Global social justice issues related to health worker migration

What have you got planned for the next year or so? 

We held a webinar in January 2021 on the gendered dimensions of the health and social care workforce during COVID-19.

  • We will write a research synthesis paper on healthworker infection through an intersectional lens.
    We are drafting a policy brief on Canada’s global role in health workforce planning and equity.

Contact names and emails

Margaret Walton-Roberts mwaltonroberts@wlu.ca
Roopa Dhatt Roopa.Dhatt@womeningh.org
Bismah Nayyer bismah.nayyer@womeningh.org

Resources

Managing health workforce migration – The Global Code of Practice

Global strategy on Human Resources for Health

Momentum for community health workers at the Seventy-second World Health Assembly

“Working for Health”: A Five-Year Action Plan for Health Employment and Inclusive Economic Growth (2017–21)

Global Nurse Migration Pathways

2021 designated as the International Year of Health and Care Workers

Health workforce policy and management in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic response

Delivered by Women, Led by Men: A Gender and Equity Analysis of the Global Health and Social Workforce

COVID-19 and Global Human Health Resources

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Healthcare workers

Healthcare workers

Which organizations or people facilitate the group?

  • Women in Global Health
  • Global Health Workforce Network’s Gender Equity Hub
  • Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • John Hopkins University
  • Gavi
  • Last Mile Health
  • Wemos
  • University of the Western Cape
  • BC Women’s Health Foundation
  • Sangath India
  • Center for Global Development
  • Newcastle University
  • The University of Warwick
  • Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE)
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Birk Beck University of London
  • The University of Manchester
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  • University of Virginia
  • Medzinischen Universität Wien

What is the aim of your group?

In collaboration with the World Health Organization’s Gender Equity Hub, the sub-group focuses on healthcare workers, COVID-19, and issues of equity. In most countries, women are the majority of patient-facing frontline health workers (globally 70% of health workers are women, 90% of nurses are women, and in many contexts, the majority of community health workers). Furthermore, this sub-group will take an intersectional approach to understand health worker experiences during COVID-19. In many contexts, there are significant differences in the ethnic, racial, caste, etc composition of the health workforce, with underrepresented social groups clustered into lower status sectors in health (community health workers/nursing aides rather than senior physicians and surgeons). This sub-group will look into research insights as to how COVID-19 has impacted women, healthcare workers, in terms of:

  • Infection rates
  • Unpaid work
  • Equity and structural and workplace discrimination
  • Global social justice issues related to health worker migration


What have you got planned for the next year or so?

We held a webinar in January 2021 on The gendered dimensions of the health and social care workforce during COVID-19.

We will write a research synthesis paper on Health worker infection through an intersectional lens.

We are drafting a policy brief on Canada’s global role in health workforce planning and equity.

Contact name(s) and email(s):

Margaret Walton-Roberts mwaltonroberts@wlu.ca

Roopa Dhatt Roopa.Dhatt@womeningh.org

Bismah Nayyer bismah.nayyer@womeningh.org

Resources:

Managing health workforce migration – The Global Code of Practice

Global strategy on Human Resources for Health

Momentum for community health workers at the Seventy-second World Health Assembly

“Working for Health”: A Five-Year Action Plan for Health Employment and Inclusive Economic Growth (2017–21)

Global Nurse Migration Pathways

2021 designated as the International Year of Health and Care Workers

Health workforce policy and management in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic response

Delivered by Women, Led by Men: A Gender and Equity Analysis of the Global Health and Social Workforce

COVID-19 and Global Human Health Resources

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