SEA/RC62/16 - Follow-up action on pending issues and selected regional committee resolutions/decisions for the last three years: strengthening the health workforce in Sout-East Asia
AbstractThis document highlights the progress made in the South-East Asia Region following the adoption of resolution SEA/RC59/R6 on strengthening the health workforce (HWF) in South- East Asia by the Regional Committee for South-East Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh in September 2006. Many of the activities have been specified in the South-East Asia Regional Strategic Plan for Human Resource Development, which has been finalized following endorsement by the Fifty-ninth session of the Regional Committee. The overall goal is to ensure equitable access to effective health services through an adequate and balanced distribution of sufficient, competent and highly motivated health workforce. The Committee also requested the Regional Director to facilitate several actions in relation to regional health workforce development. The progress made by the Region in this regard is mentioned in detail in the document. The attached working paper was submitted to the High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting for its review and recommendations for consideration by the Sixty-second Session of the Regional Committee. The HLP meeting made the following recommendations: Action by Member States (1) To revisit their existing HWF development plans in line with the strategic directions on strengthening the community-based health workers and community health volunteers through the ”revitalization of PHC” approach; (2) to review their existing mid-term and long-term HWF strategic plans and revise and update them in line with the Health Workforce Strategic Planning guidelines; and (3) besides having discussions on the “Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel”, countries should develop their own strategic codes towards bilateral/multilateral negotiations. Action by WHO/SEARO (1) Assist countries to review and revise their HWF strategic plans; (2) provide technical support to countries to strategically implement the strengthening of community-based health workforce and community health volunteers within the PHC approach; (3) guide countries to develop an HWF database using the template comprising definitions, types and categories of HWF; and (4) support the Member States to develop the health workforce toward the revitalization of primary health care. The paper is now submitted to the Sixty-second Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2009). SEA/RC62/16 - Follow-up action on pending issues and selected regional committee resolutions/decisions for the last three years: strengthening the health workforce in Sout-East Asia. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128443