Health workforce

The challenges

Human resources for health policies and development face challenges related to:

  • scaling up training for newly emerging and priority diseases;
  • improving retention of qualified health workers in countries which suffer losses due to emigration;
  • improving the capacity of educational institutions to enable them to produce more health workers in a quality manner;
  • improving human resources for health governance capacity, in order to plan, regulate and manage the workforce more effectively at national level;
  • monitoring human resources for health trends;
  • supporting Member States in crisis in re-shaping their human resources for health agenda.
  • steering human resources for health agenda and aligning it with other national health system development policies;
  • engaging all relevant sectors – e.g. finance, education, labour and public services – as well as civil society and the private sector;
  • integrating human resources for health plans to address specific disease or priority health programmes with the overall human resources for health plans of health ministries;
  • resources mobilization for human resources for health and strategic investments;
  • harmonizing and building synergies in human resources for health across programmes and global health initiatives.

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