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Approved the proposal of the “Health for development” in the Parliament of Catalonia

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June 29, 2017

Solidarity and Cooperation Committee of the Parliament of Catalonia unanimously approved the draft resolution on strengthening of health workers in developing countries, at the request of pharmacists Mundi and Medicus Mundi Catalonia.

The draft resolution presented by Initiative for Catalonia Greens-United and Alternative Left has received the support of Convergence and Union, the Socialist Party of Catalonia, the Popular Party of Catalonia Republican Left of Catalonia and the Joint Working Group after the change initial drafted several amendments CiU and PSC.
The final proposal after the compromise amendments CiU and PSC stated as follows:

  • Point 1. Dedicate a percentage of Official Development Assistance in Health, approved by the Council of Cooperation Department, strengthen human resources, following the recommendations of WHO in training and retention of human resources.
  • Point 2. Support coordinated the development and implementation of national strategies and plans for health human resources in developing countries, the priority for cooperation Plan for 2011-2014, which are comprehensive and robust.
  • Point 3. Make the necessary arrangements with the Government of the State, as from relevant international organizations, adopted measures to maintain and increase gradually if necessary, hiring and / or the salaries of health workers in countries suffering from a shortage of human resources in this sector, in order to discourage their march into other countries.
  • Point 4. Implementing the Code of Good Practice WHO, among other things, requests the Member States not to carry out active policies in the public sector to incorporate health personnel such as recruitment source, for professionals of any of the 57 poorest countries. Do the same recommendation to the private sector.
  • Point 5. Implement the Code of Good Practices WHO, among other things, requested member countries quantification of existing human resources in the field of health, planning how many need it most and a strategy for training and “loyalty” of the staff already trained.
  • 6. Promote point plan of coordination between those responsible for the Catalan Cooperation Agency and the Department of Health to take into account the needs of developing countries, providing effective and appropriate technical assistance, support retention and training health personnel in the countries of origin, transfer of technology and knowledge and promote circular migration mechanisms.

Since the two NGOs, pharmacists Mundi and Catalonia are happy medicusmundi the approval of the proposed resolution and the amendments of the transaction, since it removed the fourth point is the key to solve the deficit health personnel in developing countries.

We hope that the future will take this proposal into consideration and prosper in the implementation of the Code of Good Practice, as well as the level of coordination between the ACCD and the Department of Health.

The proposal of the “Health for development” for debate and vote in the Parliament of Catalonia

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May 29, 2017

Tomorrow at 10 am will be held at the Committee for Cooperation and Solidarity of the Parliament of Catalonia debate and vote on the draft resolution on strengthening of health workers in developing country at the request of Pharmacists Mundi medicusmundi and Catalonia.

On September 16, members of the “Health for development” of NGOs pharmacists Mundi and medicusmundi Catalonia appeared before the Commission to present the results of the campaign and in particular the proposal to stop the deficit of health professionals to Southern countries. This proposal arises from the lack of more than 4 million health professionals around the world, so that basic health care accessible to the whole population.

According to the World Health Report 2006 the World Health Organization, the situation is particularly dramatic in the 57 poorest countries. This situation is caused by lack of funds in the field of health in these countries, structural adjustment policies which for years has promoted the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund, and for reasons that are also applicable to rich countries the balance as inadequate professional categories, the failure of national labor markets and the lack of congruence between the preparation in schools and health needs of the population, among others.

To mitigate this problem from the “Health for development” was requested to parliamentarians Catalan:

  • Devote 25% of Official Development Assistance to strengthening health human resources, following the recommendations of WHO in training and retention of human resources.
  • Support the development and implementation of comprehensive national strategies and plans HR in developing countries.
  • Oppose any measure the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund that involves hiring freeze and / or salaries of health workers in countries facing a shortage of human resources, as this would lead the march to other countries.
  • Refrain both the public and private sector, to implement active policies for recruitment originating in one of the 57 poorest countries.
  • Implementing the Code of Good Practice WHO, among other things, asks the Member States alone • quantification of existing human resources in the field of health, planning a few more and it needs a strategy training and “loyalty” of the staff already trained.
  • That there is coordination and cooperation among those responsible for health in order to take into account the needs of developing countries, providing effective and appropriate technical assistance, support for health personnel retention and training in countries of origin, transfer of knowledge and technology and promote circular migration mechanisms.

The parliamentary group Initiative for Catalonia Greens-United and Alternative Left filed a motion in relation to the proposal and groups of CiU and the Socialist Party of Catalonia have submitted amendments.

We hope you will discuss the amendments and that the vote of those do not miss the main objective of the proposal is to ensure sufficient human resources for health in developing countries, one of the pillars of any health system, to ensure assistance care for the entire population.