The Public Services International Health and Social Services Task Force (HSSTF) meeting, held at the ILO, saw over 30 health and social sector union leaders from across the world come together to share ideas on work in the sector and campaigning for the Right to Health.
The World Health Organization’s Secretariat has formally communicated the admittance of Public Services International into official relations with WHO. This was via a letter signed by Dr Gaudenz Silberschmidt, Director of the WHO Department of Partnerships and Non-state Actors. The decision was reached by the WHO Executive Board on 26 January, during it's 142nd session.
Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of Public Services International met with Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization at the WHO headquarters on 8 February. She expressed PSI’s appreciation of the WHO Executive Board’s admittance of the global trade union federation into Official Relations.
Thursday 1 February was day two of a full-blown strike by health workers in Togo after failed attempts to get authorities to address their pressing needs for better healthcare services provision and a boost in the morale of its working staff.
Social workers delivering home care, including in Housing Facilities for the Dependent Elderly (EHPAD) across France embarked on a 1-day strike on 30 January. This was to draw attention to several pressing problems confronting elderly care, which the authorities have failed to address.
Health workers in Togo have, for the second time in January 2018, gone on a sit-down strike to further mount pressure on the government to come to the discussion table with them to deliberate on issues affecting proper healthcare provision in the country.
The 142nd session of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board (WHO EB 142) commenced in Geneva on 22 January and will end on 27 January. The Executive Board which is composed of 34 technically qualified members drawn from countries spread across the six regions of the WHO, holds a statutory meeting annually, in January.