Emergencies preparedness, response

Building a fit-for-purpose workforce

Ebola: Health systems recovery

WHO is supporting and building the capacity of ministries of health and partners to identify and address critical health worker issues and capability gaps, health workforce recruitment needs.

Ebola in Sierra Leone: Reproductive health team on a daily visit to the expectant mothers quarantined in a village.
WHO/S. Gborie

Health workforce efforts at WHO focus on creating the conditions for a fit-for-purpose health workforce for the immediate reactivation of safe essential health services, as well as defining medium to long-term health workforce priorities for increasing resilience of health systems.

Health workforce analysis has been carried out to inform the development of costed national resilient health systems plans in the 3 Ebola-affected countries. WHO is supporting and building the capacity of ministries of health and partners to identify and address critical health worker issues and capability gaps, health workforce recruitment needs, analyse and project health workforce requirements and improve the availability of local health workers for the restoration of essential services.

WHO has worked with ministries of health to deploy foreign medical teams to fill critical gaps that can not be filled by national health workforce. WHO is supporting ministries of health to engage in inter-ministerial dialogue and actions to address health workforce planning, management and development issues and implement labour market reforms.

Evidence and needs-based health workforce investments are critical and WHO is working closely with ministries of health, the World Bank and other partners to strengthen health workforce information systems and undertake analysis to strategically drive the agenda.