Second Global Forum on HRH

HRH in Africa Day: Translating African National Strategies into Successful Programs

Hopital El Hadj Ibrahma Niaso Kaolack staffAfter many years of stagnation, the time has come for human resources for health (HRH) to be seen as a critical issue for Africa's development agenda.

Supporting African HRH efforts
At the HRH in Africa Day—a side session at the Second Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Bangkok—representatives from the African public sector, technical experts from universities, donor and technical assistance agencies, and nongovernmental organizations debated how to support countries to translate their national HRH strategies into successful programs. Read more »

Country-Led Health Workforce Planning and Implementation in the Dominican Republic

Paul MarsdenI was delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate face-to-face with Dr. Sonia Brito-Anderson recently. She leads CapacityPlus’s efforts to facilitate the development of a human resources strategy framework and implementation plan for the Ministry of Health in the Dominican Republic.

Along with other CapacityPlus colleagues—including Wilma Gormley, Mesrak Belatchew, and Dana Singleton—our task is to work with a national technical group, established by the Ministry of Health, to identify the key HR challenges and help to produce a strategy framework and implementation plan that is both feasible and doable.

Where are the health workers?
The Dominican Republic has a comparatively high number of health workers, yet maternal mortality rates and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV coverage remain poor. Read more »

What’s Really Holding Us Back? Resolving the Health Workforce Crisis

Maurice MiddlebergLately I’ve been thinking about the big picture in the global health workforce crisis. What’s keeping us from getting where we need to be?

On the one hand, we’ve come a long way in just a few years. Since the release of the 2006 World Health Report and the First Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in 2008, we’ve made notable progress:

  • Awareness of the health workforce crisis is now pervasive; this is reflected in high-level declarations of both developing and developed nations.
  • We’ve amassed a large body of knowledge and practical experience.
  • There is emerging consensus on the actions needed on a range of issues, from retention to community health workers to task-shifting.
  • Many countries have developed health workforce strategies.
  • A few countries (Ethiopia’s a great example) have made remarkable progress in expanding access to qualified health workers.

On the other hand, let’s face it: progress has been slow.

Access to health workers with the right skills is still denied to millions of people. We’re not yet where we need to be. What are the root causes of this unsatisfactory progress?

At the core is a failure of implementation. Read more »

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