The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health will present a thematic report to the 74th UN General assembly in October 2019 on the role of medical education in strengthening the health workforce, including doctors and other health workers.

For a detailed explanation of the feedback sought, please see the relevant extended note. In a snap-shot the Special Rapporteur will be grateful for submissions regarding the following:

1) Examples of medical education undergoing change from more hierarchical to more democratic, rights-based and community-based models.

2) Examples of medical training which includes human rights. 

3) Successful methods to encourage doctors and nurses or other mid-level health workers to live and work in remote or rural areas and reduce inequitable access to health care.

4) Examples of medical education curricula or other health workforce training that focuses on the social determinants of health and on training professionals with a broad spectrum of competencies and skills.

5) Examples of how concerns such as the mismatch of competencies to patient and population needs; poor teamwork; gender stratification; narrow technical focus; predominant hospital orientation; imbalances in the professional labour market, and weak leadership, have been addressed to produce stronger health workforce and stronger health systems.

6) Examples of national health workforce strategies that contain either explicit or implicit recognition of the right to health? 

7) Feedback on ways in which human rights-based medical education could make a positive contribution to resolving these and other global health crises such as opioid dependency, mental health, palliative care, the influence of the pharmaceutical sector and the tensions between social medicine and biomedicine, amongst others.

8) What other challenges or opportunities are health workers experiencing in their daily work in relation to strengthening the health workforce?  How can human rights fortify responses to these challenges or opportunities?

9) Suggestions for rights-based indicators that can effectively assess and monitor progress in relation to rights-based approaches to medical education, both within specific fields and broadly.

Submissions should be in one concise document in English and not exceed 1,000 words. You do not have to answer all questions above, just any of those relevant to your work.  Please send all submissions electronically in Word format to Julie Hannah, ( by 20 May 2019 indicating in the subject line: “Submission: Thematic report on medical education/health workforce strengthening.”