SEA/RC63/8 - Strategic planning for development of human resources for health in the Region
AbstractDue to the growing burden of chronic diseases during the last two decades, which require a continuum of care, especially community-based care, new pressures have emerged on the health workforce in Member States of the South-East Asia (SEA) Region. All Member States of the SEA Region have been facing several common healthworkforce- related problems and issues, which led the Regional Office to develop a strategic plan for health workforce development. This Regional Strategic Plan for Health Workforce Development identified 10 strategic areas that mainly included scaling up of the health workforce production, knowledge generation and management, and capacity building in health workforce management. Member States have developed their own strategic plans for which technical support is being provided to plan their health workforce strategies and strengthen regional and national training capacities. Regional partnerships and networks have been established. Regional health workforce information has been strengthened through the development of a Regional HRH Observatory with HWF database. The issue of international migration of health workforce is being addressed. In addition, teaching of public health to communitybased health workforce is also being strengthened in Member States. Tangible results have been achieved through strategic planning for development of human resources for health in the Region. The High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting held in the Regional Office in New Delhi from 28 June to 1 July 2010 reviewed the working paper and made the following recommendations: Actions by Member States (1) To develop national strategic plans for health workforce development with special emphasis on strengthening the community-based health workforce. (2) To strengthen public heath workforce through training in specific public health areas including International Health Regulations (IHR), trade agreements, healthcare financing and health insurance, etc. (3) To strengthen curricula of medical, nursing and midwifery and other health-care professional education focusing on public health e.g. promoting family medicine model in the national context as appropriate. (4) To implement the World Health Assembly resolution WHA63.16 on the Global Code of Practice by addressing issues related to recruitment, retention and migration of health workforce. Actions by WHO-SEARO (1) To support Member States in developing and sustaining the progress made by them in strategic planning of the health workforce and in establishment of the SEAHRH Observatory. (2) To support Member States in designing task and competency-based training modules for health professionals, including community-based health workers and community health volunteers, and evaluating the impact of the training modules. (3) To review and revise regional guidelines on medical, nursing and midwifery, and other health-care professional curricula in the context of revitalization of primary health care and public health. (4) To support Member States in implementing the World Health Assembly resolution WHA 63.16 on the Global Code of Practice adopted in May 2010, and to organize a regional consultation to develop a roadmap for implementation of the Code of Practice in countries. The working paper and the HLP meeting recommendations based on it are submitted to the Sixty-third Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). SEA/RC63/8 - Strategic planning for development of human resources for health in the Region. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128383