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A fascinating panel session on public-private partnerships to advance Human Resources for Health, occurred with a line-up of high-level experts at the 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health. What could have been only one more discussion on the pros and cons of partnering with the private sector and the civil society ended up bringing a very lively discussion on the professionalization of the health workforce and on the importance of leadership, management and governance.
Tim Evans, Director of Health Nutrition and Population and Human Development Network at the World Bank Group, moderated the session. Mr. Evans provided insightful inputs and summarized the session by stressing key concepts and rising essential questions on how to face multi-stakeholder engagement, accountability and transparency challenges. Several of the questions following the discussion were based on principles of good leadership, management and governance for health:
-Who do we need to train to make sure that capacity in leadership and management is being built across the health sector?
-How do we make sure that the LMG principles can be integrated into all curriculums, and at which levels?
What is the best way to deliver these trainings? Through the schools of public health or in-service through leadership development programs
-How to establish governance mechanisms which are sufficiently solid and diverse to efficiently help manage governance in multiple settings?
Mr. Evans ended the session by insisting on the need for a governance framework based on leadership by values, formal mechanisms of participation, and monitoring of performance and accountability.