Global Health Researchers: Snapshots of the Next Generation

Global Health Researchers: Snapshots of the Next Generation

Photo: Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) fellows at the 5th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.  From left to right: Shweta Singh, Vannarath Te, Angela Kisakye, and Shehnaz Munshi.

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Imagine there was no doctor or nurse available at all to help you when you were facing a health crisis. For too many people, especially those living in lower- and middle-income countries, this is their reality. They are part of a global human resources for health crisis, where dire shortages of health workers result in fragile health systems and communities vulnerable to illness and disease outbreaks.  The WHO estimates a global shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030.

USAID’s Human Resources for Health in 2030 program (HRH2030) is working with partners around the world to pinpoint new and promising solutions to this crisis. One step is to invest in health workforce research in the affected countries. Since 2010, Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) has been identifying the next generation of health leaders who are interested in health system and policy research, bringing together cohorts every two years to facilitate learning, networking, and international exchange.

This year, HRH2030 was pleased to invest in the next generation of health workforce researchers by supporting the participation of several outstanding EV4GH fellows at Health Systems Research 2018, the biannual symposium dedicated to fostering knowledge and exchange among the health systems research and policy communities. Meet four of them here, all of whom focused their studies on the health workforce. These brief video interviews shine a light on the future of health workforce research — and human resources in health — in lower- and middle-income countries.