Health workers are central to improving health services, and attaining universal health coverage.
Health workers include physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and midwives, and also laboratory technicians, public health professionals, community health workers, and all other support workers who help deliver health services.
The Sustainable Development Goals have an explicit target on health workforce development: “to substantially increase the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States”.
In 2014, countries of the South-East Asia Region committed to a Decade of Strengthening Human Resources for Health, 2015 – 2024. This allows a long term perspective to be taken to address these challenges. It is reinforced by the new Global Health Workforce Strategy.
The first review of progress on the Decade of Strengthening Human Resources for Health was completed in 2016, covered these four areas. It will be repeated every two years.
For further information, please see the links below:
- Improving Health Workforce Data
- Decade for health workforce strengthening in the SEAR 2015–2024: 2nd review of progress, 2018
- Mid-level health workers: a review of the evidence, 2018
- Expert workshop on experience with accreditation of Health Professionals, 2018
- Second report of progress: HRH Regional Workshop Summary Report (2 Pager), 2018
- Workshop on improving the generation and use of HRH data in south-east Asia region: the role of national health workforce accounts. Summary report. 20-22 September 2017, WHO SEARO, New Delhi, India
- First report of progress: HRH Regional Workshop Summary Report (2 Pager), 2016
- Strengthening human resources for health in South-East Asia: time for action and commitment, 2014
- Universal Health Coverage
- Equitable Access to Quality Services
- Financial Protection
- Measurement and Accountability for Results