Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

Building the health workforce of the future

13-17 November 2017 Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland

Welcome to the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, in Dublin, Ireland!

The global community is presented with an unprecedented challenge and an opportunity: to avert a potential 18 million health worker shortfall and shape increasing demand for additional health and social workforce jobs. In doing so, we will make progress towards universal health coverage and global health security while also contributing to gains across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (e.g. quality education, gender equality, reduced inequalities, decent jobs and inclusive economic growth).

Last year brought forward a wave of exciting opportunities to markedly change the global health workforce situation. The Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 and the UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth’s report, Working for Health and Growth present a vital road map to ensure an adequate, fit for purpose and sustainable workforce to address current and future needs. Together, they make the case for more and better investments, with strengthened engagement across education, employment, finance, health and labour sectors fundamental.

The Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health provides a key opportunity for all stakeholders to discuss and debate innovative approaches towards advancing the implementation of the Global Strategy and the Commission’s recommendations, and show a collective commitment to developing and making available the workforce required to deliver the SDGs.

The Forum is co-hosted by Trinity College Dublin, Irish Aid, the Irish Department of Health and Health Service Executive, the Global Health Workforce Network and the World Health Organization.

We invite you to join us in Dublin in November 2017 to collectively help shape our future health workforce.

Charles Normand

Professor of Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin, Chair of Organising Committee, Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health.

David Weakliam

Global Health Lead, Health Service Executive, Ireland
Chair, Global Health Workforce Network

Jim Campbell

Director Health Workforce, Department, Global Health Workforce Network, World Health Organization
Co-chair Programme Committee, Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

Mary Robinson speaks on the importance of the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

Important Dates

Full programme (with speaker confirmations):
6 October 2017

Side events/skills building workshops: 13 -14 November 2017

Youth Forum: 14 November 2017

Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health: 14-17 November 2017

Marketplace/exhibition applications


Please email if interested in exhibition space.

Deadline:5 September 2017.

Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended:


25 August 2017

Call for submissions abstract and poster


deadline: 26 June 2017

Notification of abstract acceptance/rejection:

31 July 2017

Side event applications 


deadline: 21 June 2017

Main Objectives of the Forum:

  • Advance the implementation of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health and the Commission’s recommendations towards achieving Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Promote innovations in policy, practice and research.
  • Promote the engagement of HRH stakeholder groups in learning, knowledge sharing, networking and collaborative actions.

The Forum will also facilitate special sessions to debate and discuss health workforce issues of global relevance including; emergency preparedness & response, antimicrobial resistance, and the 90-90-90 initiative amongst others.

Target Audience:

This conference is aimed at a diverse audiences, including two large and intersecting communities:

  • Academia and Researchers across the sectors (health, labour, education and finance)
  • Policy Makers, planners and practitioners from these sectors, including those from public, private and civil society and professional associations.

Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health