Strengthening the management of human resources for health in the South-East Asia Region
Other Titlesreport of a regional consultation, Bali, Indonesia, 13-16 February 2012
AbstractA competent and well motivated health workforce (HWF) forms the core of a high-quality and efficient health system. However, the HWFs in most countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region are in crisis. The World Health Report 2006, "Working together for health", revealed that 6 of the 11 countries of the SEA Region had fewer than 23 health workers (doctors, nurses and midwives) per 10 000 population - the "threshold" density of doctors, nurses and midwives below which the coverage of essential interventions, including those necessary to meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals, is likely to be jeopardized. Member countries are committed to achieving an effective and well motivated HWF as witnessed in the 2006 Health Ministers' Dhaka Declaration on Strengthening Health Workforce in the Countries of South-East Asia Region and the Regional Committee resolution on Strengthening the Health Workforce in South-East Asia that it adopted at its Fifty-ninth session in 2006. Consequently, the Regional Strategic Plan for Health Workforce Development in the SEA Region was finalized and disseminated in 2007. As five years had passed since the Dhaka Declaration, and since the subsequent resolution was adopted and the strategic plan finalized, it was decided to assess the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations that had been made, as well as the lessons learnt. Therefore, the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia organized a Regional Consultation on Strengthening Management of Human Resources for Health in the South-East Asia Region from 13 to 16 February 2012 in Bali, Indonesia. Seventy participants from all 11 countries of the South-East Asia Region, including regional and global health partners attended the consultation. This publication contains an account of the deliberations and the recommendations made during the consultation.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2012). Strengthening the management of human resources for health in the South-East Asia Region. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206434