The NGO Code of Conduct for Health Systems Strengthening was developed in the winter of 2007. Drafters convened a committee of concerned organizations, including Health Alliance International (the convening organization), ActionAid, African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Equinet, Health GAP, Partners In Health, Physicians for Human Rights, Oxfam GB, and People’s Health Movement. Conference calls began in the spring of 2007 and continued through October 2007 to draft the original document.
The first consultation meeting on the code was held at the American Public Health Association conference in Washington DC in November 2007. In attendance were Partners in Health, ActionAid, Physicians for Human Rights, Save the Children, Church World Services, Maryknoll, National Association of Social Workers, American Public Health Association and Health Alliance International.
A subsequent consultation was held in Kampala, Uganda on March 6, 2008 during the first global forum on human resources for health, sponsored by the Global Health Workforce Alliance. In attendance were representatives of Equinet, the Peoples’ Health Movement, a Ministry of Health official from Liberia, GHETS (Global Health Through Education Training Service), AMREF in Uganda, CDC Tanzania, an Indian physician working on health in “tribal areas,” Wemos, the Capacity Project, the African Mental Health Association, Equinet, Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (and International Council of Nurses), PATH, Western Cape School of Public Health, WHO, World Bank, and local health practitioners. Separate conversations have been held with Ministry of Health officials from other nations.