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5th People’s Health Assembly calls for the transformation of health systems

Activists at the 5th People’s Health Assembly called for the transformation of health systems, and to build strategies and unite struggles against privatization and corporate capture

WHO negotiations for Pandemic Treaty extended due to disagreements

WHO members failed to agree on a final version of the new Pandemic Treaty which is to be adopted at the upcoming World Health Assembly in May. Global North countries are resisting calls for suspension of intellectual property claims on essential products, including vaccines

Trade union report illustrates mental health impacts of working in public healthcare

The Public Services International (PSI) recently launched a new report examining the mental health of health workers in Liberia, Brazil, Sweden, Australia, and Canada

New round of Universal Health Coverage policies lies ahead despite missed targets

The WHO Executive Board is poised to propose enhanced Universal Health Coverage policies despite disappointing outcomes. UHC-based policies are failing in achieving the goals of increased access to healthcare and financial protection from health expenditure

Health workers in Québec strike for better working conditions

Health workers in Québec join wave of public sector industrial action in bid to secure better working conditions, personal life-work balanc

Unions demand urgent action on health workers shortage and quality of care

Global trade union organization Public Services International concluded a survey which suggests most health workers are contemplating leaving their profession as global health workforce crisis intensifies

Health workers in Sweden demand workforce policies that do not rely on international recruitment

Nina Bergman from the Swedish Association of Health Professionals talks about the working conditions of health workers in Sweden and the trade union’s support for the struggles for workers’ rights in the Global South

Community health workers in South Asia forge joint struggle for rights and recognition

Frontline health workers have issued a joint document calling on governments and international agencies to recognize and uphold their essential rights

Mozambican doctors' strike Mozambique’s health system is in turmoil

Strikes among health workers and stockouts of essential medical products point to a need for more investment in the National Health Service in Mozambique

Nigeria health workers emigration Health worker shortage in Global South cannot be resolved by tepid mechanisms and bans

Nigeria’s House of Representatives is considering a bill which would block young physicians from emigrating right after university. The proposal points to the widespread problem of mass emigration of health workers from the Global South

South Africa health workers strike Health workers in South Africa end strike after 10 days

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union in South Africa ended a strike launched earlier this month over concerns about salaries and inflation. The announcement came as the government agreed to revisit the salary increase for the current year and signaled it was willing to reconsider its approach to collective bargaining with the union

Trade unions and civil society ask WHO members for stronger commitment to health workers’ rights

Baba Aye from Public Services International (PSI) looks back at the major discussion points and highlights of the 75th World Health Assembly