- Stakeholders need to focus on health workers at the frontline

That is one of the recommendations from the Consultation on Improving Access to Health Workers at the Frontline for Better Maternal and Child Survival that was held in Nairobi 25 to 27 June 2012.

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The consultation underscored the need for ministries of health, regional organizations, development partners, faith-based organizations, funding agencies, academic and research institutions, and civil society organizations to give priority to efforts towards increasing access to health workers at the frontline for better maternal and child survival. All stakeholders need to focus on workers at the front-line of services and their functions if global targets on maternal and child health shall be reached.

The objective of the meeting was to speed up and scale up country responses to the human resource needs for both the UN Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (Every Woman Every Child) and the Global Plan towards Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive (Global Plan).

The consultation brought together representatives from 33 organizations and 17 countries, and the opening ceremony was graced by the Kenyan Minister of Medical Services.

For more information on the consultation, see the Communiqué of the Consultation on Improving Access to Health Workers at the Frontline for Better Maternal and Child Survival.