Since the first case of COVID-19 patients was reported in China in January 2020, the number of new cases and deaths are still rising globally. Many countries have faced many pandemic waves from this disease. Health care workers (HCWs) and health workers (HWs) are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response to test, track and trace suspected cases, and treat the COVID-19 patients and still need to deliver essential health care services for non-COVID-19. Therefore, HCWs have faced many challenges to deal with this long period of outbreak both in physical, psychological, family and social issues. Some of them also died from this disease. It aggravates the health system challenges of many shortage HRH’s countries, especially AAAH members’ countries.
Sharing experiences from countries are important lessons learnt for global and AAAH members’ countries to provide effective public health response to COVID-19 outbreak. AAAH webinar series 2020 were organized from August – October 2020, comprising 3 main webinars. The first webinar comprising of 3 episodes focused on mobilizing surge capacity of health care workers in response to COVID-19 pandemic:
Based on the first webinar, it found that countries have used various strategies to overcome capacity of HCWs in response to COVID-19 pandemic:
On this AAAH plenary session of day 1, the global, regional, and national situation and policies on COVID-19 responses will be discussed. The synthesis summary of webinar 1 will be reported and be reflected by HRH experts for formulating a policy recommendation on addressing HCWs’ challenges in response to COVID-19 and other future outbreaks. All HCWs are recognized and are honored for their committing and devoting themselves to address health workforce issues in their countries and making great contributions on UHC and SDGs and COVID-19 outbreak, especially nurses and midwives as part of “International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife”. Importantly, HCWs and the people who lost their lives to COVID-19 will also be honored.
Board Member Representing
Western Pacific Region, International Confederation of Midwives: Midwives responding to COVID-19
Permanent Chief Executive Officer
International Council of Nurses: 2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife: Nurses for achieving UHC and SDGs and COVID-19 outbreak