Investing in Competency based education for UHC

The theme of World Health Worker Week 2022 is Build the Health Workforce Back Better. Progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) requires strong health systems and health workers who are educated and empowered to provide the health services that
meet population health needs.

Competency-based education is widely acknowledged as the benchmark for transforming education and training of the health workforce for improved population and health outcomes. However, it has the potential to improve the health of the community only in
so far as it uses context-specific health issues to determine the desired outcomes. 

With this webinar, WHO launches its Global Competency and Outcomes Framework towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). In so doing, WHO sets out its recommended approach to competency-based education of health workers, focusing on those competencies and
other education outcomes for health workers in primary health care with a pre-service training pathway of 12-48 months. The Global Competency and Outcomes Framework for UHC is designed with a population health needs focus, therefore providing a powerful
approach through which to align education strategies in relation to the context, health systems and population health needs.

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  • Individuals and organizations with an interest in strengthening health worker education, in developing or operationalizing competency frameworks or competency-based learning, and in securing progress towards UHC


  • Ensuring the quality and relevance of the health workforce through competency-based education and training
  • The contribution of competency-based education towards health workforce strengthening and the achievement of UHC
  • The WHO Global Competency and Outcomes Framework for UHC: what it is and how to use it


Title Speaker
Welcome remarks Jim Campbell
Health workforce and the achievement of UHC Director General
Competency-based education towards the achievement of UHC Jim Campbell
Introduction to WHO Global Competency and Outcomes Framework for UHC Siobhan Fitzpatrick
Perspective from India Dr Rajeev Sadanandan
Perspective from education Professor Address Mauakowa Malata
Q and A All
Closing remarks Jim Campbell


Jim Campbell WHO Director Health Workforce

Jim Campbell is the Director of the Health Workforce Department at the World Health Organization in Geneva. He oversees the development and implementation of global public goods, evidence and tools to inform investment
in the education, employment and retention of the health and care workforce in pursuit of global health security, universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.  His portfolio includes measuring the impact of
the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and care workforce, implementation of WHO’s Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030, and support to countries within the Working for Health action plan to implement the
recommendations of the UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. He coordinates the Global Health Workforce Network engaging member states and all relevant partners in WHO’s work, with special focus on
the contributions, rights and roles of women and youth in the health and care sector.  He has published extensively, is a member of the Editorial Board of the Human Resources for Health Journal and provides advisory inputs to
multi-sectoral programmes on COVID-19 recovery, social spending, education and employment.

Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Technical officer, Health Workforce Siobhan Fitzpatrick is Technical Officer at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Since joining the Health Workforce Department in 2018, she has led the development of the Global Competency and Outcomes Framework for UHC.
The framework has since been adopted by the WHO Academy to underpin the provision of its lifelong learning programmes and provided the foundations for other competency-based education efforts including in sexual and reproductive health
and refugee and migrant health. She coordinates the Global Health Workforce Network Education Hub and provides technical advice on strengthening health worker education across a number of areas including human resources for health leadership
and management and digital education.
Rajeev Sadanandan, CEO, Health System Transformation Platform

Rajeev Sadanandan is the CEO of Health System Transformation Platform, a think tank on Health Policy and Systems in New Delhi. He had worked as health secretary of Kerala state, CEO of Rashtriy Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY),
India’s national social health insurance programme in addition to holding many other positions in state and central governments. Rajeev worked for a brief stint in UNAIDS and has been a member of technical committees set up by
UNAIDS and WHO. Recently he was Advisor to the Chief Minister of Kerala on Management of COVID and is currently one of the Commissioners on the Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing Primary Health Care. His research interests
include redesigning of organisation and financing of health care. His organisation is engaged in a study to define and build clinical and leadership competencies to improve primary care. 

Address Malata, Vice-Chancellor, Malawi University of Science and Technology

Address Mauakowa Malata is the Vice-Chancellor of Malawi University of Science and Technology, former President of Africa Honor Society of Nursing of Sigma Theta Tau International; former Vice President, International
Confederation of Midwives, former Principal of Kamuzu College of Nursing which she spearheaded for it to become a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Inter Professional Education and Leadership in 2016. She is a Virginia
Henderson Fellow of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN); a Global Health Fellow at University of California San Francisco University;
an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine. She is an advocate for girls and women empowerment through education. Her research work focuses on maternal and newborn health, quality
of care, health workforce and innovation and technology.


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