Mapping health workforce development strategies across key global health agencies: An assessment of objectives and key interventions

Brooke A. Farrenkopf, Chung Won Lee

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Abstract

The political and financial commitment to addressing the global shortage of health workers is stronger than ever before. Therefore, the global effort to strengthen human resources for health (HRH) must be co-ordinated and aligned to strategically utilize the current momentum and create sustainable impact. This paper assesses HRH strategies to (1) create greater understanding on the collective global action towards improving HRH, and (2) identify opportunities for greater co-ordination to improve sustainable health workforce development. We searched published and grey literature to identify the HRH strategies of select large-scale global health organizations. The most common approaches were increasing the supply of health workers, facilitating training and education and improving health worker management capacities. Overall, our analysis shows there is a need to (1) improve co-ordination among development partners, (2) ensure strong engagement and leadership of national governments and (3) generate scientific evidence on the best approaches for sustainable workforce development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-468
Number of pages8
JournalHealth policy and planning
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019

Keywords

  • Capacity building
  • Developing countries
  • Development
  • Donor countries
  • Health policy
  • Health systems
  • Health systems research
  • Health workers
  • Immunization
  • health planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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