Strengthening human resource for health in South-East Asia: Time for action and commitment
Other TitlesReport of a regional meeting, Thimphu, Bhutan, 19-21 November 2014
AbstractTo accelerate the HRH situation in Member countries, especially education and training, there is a need to review the progress made and identify what actions need to be taken to ensure the commitment of strengthening HRH in supporting universal health coverage. As per RC Resolution SEA/RC67/R6 on strengthening health workforce education and training in the Region, the regional meeting on strengthening human resources for health in South-East Asia: time for action and commitment was conducted, which discussed gaps in policy and implementation or rural retention interventions and health education: and developing country action plans (2015–2016) by prioritizing WHO's 16 recommendations on rural retention policies and 11 recommendations on transforming professional education. WHO has developed a global policy recommendation on increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention, which addresses not only financial incentives for retention but also recommendations on education, regulatory, professional and personal support. WHO has also developed the guidelines for transforming and scaling up health professionals' education and training. WHO recommendations on retention and transforming education need to be translated into action and HRH information systems need to be functional and robust for timely monitoring of progress made. The report provides a review of the situation and priority areas in countries under three themes: (i) rural retention of health workforce; (ii) transforming and scaling up health professionals' education and training; and (iii) human resources for health in the UHC context.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2015). Strengthening human resource for health in South-East Asia: Time for action and commitment. World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/164332