11. International Joint Conference on Occupational Health for Health Workers

More than 180 participants from 41 countries, scientists and medical doctors attended the 11th OHHW Conference 2019 in Hamburg (21 to 25 October), one of the world’s largest international congresses in the field of occupational health and safety for healthcare workers.

The main conference topic was the global shortage of health workers. In addition, the congress focused on themes such as war, economic crisis, migration, violence against health workers and other critical circumstances that have a strong impact on health workers’ health.

Results of the OHHW 2019
See our congress program with abstracts of the lectures for download. A first overview of the congress results can be found in our media information.

Declaration – Violence against health workers
Participants at OHHW 2019 issued the following declaration on violence against doctors, nurses and other employees in the health care sector:

It is a crime against humanity
  • to attack health facilities and to injure or kill health workers;
  • to prevent health workers from providing patient services, particularly in crisis situations;
  • to punish health workers for helping patients in need of care and treatment;
  • to restrict migrant health workers from delivering care or medical services to other displaced persons in need.
Therefore, the participants of the OHHW2019 Conference appeal to all national and international organizations to protect health workers from these crimes.

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International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)

This OHHW conference will be organized by the Scientific Committee for Occupational Health for Healthworkers (SCOHHW), the Scientific Commitee for Occupational and Environmental Dermatoses (SCOED), the Scientific Committee on Women, Health and Work (SCWHW) and the International Section of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) on the Prevention of Occupational Risks in Health Services.

Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege (BGW)


11th International Joint Conference on Occupational Health for Health Workers
“Global Shortage of Health Workers”
22 to 24 October 2019
Hamburg, Germany


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