SEA/RC69/13: The Decade for Health Workforce Strengthening in the SEA Region 2015–2024: First review of progress, challenges and opportunities
AbstractIn 2014, Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region agreed to the “Decade for Strengthening Human Resources for Health in SEA Region 2015–2024”. The same year, the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia endorsed resolution SEA-RC67-R6 on “Strengthening Health Workforce Education and Training in the Region”. The resolution requested the Regional Director to support Member States in the implementation of the Regional Strategy on Health Workforce Education and Training in the SEA Region 2014–2019; and to report on progress with health workforce development to the Regional Committee for South-East Asia every two years, starting 2016, for a decade. This is the first review. To review progress in implementation of the Decade for Strengthening Human Resources for Health in SEA Region, a self-report survey was conducted by SEAR Member States during March and April 2016. The High-Level Preparatory Meeting held in the WHO Regional Office in New Delhi from 11–14 July 2106 reviewed the attached Working Paper and made the following recommendations. Actions by Member States (1) Consider the implications of the new Global HRH Strategy: Workforce 2030 when developing national HRH strategies and plans, and link these to service delivery needs. (2) By end 2016, agree on feasible priority actions for HRH strengthening for 2017–2018, with a focus on HRH governance, rural retention and transformative education, in consultation with relevant stakeholders as needed. (3) Use regional events to help advance the national HRH agenda and share best practice and experience: for example, meetings of the Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH) network; South-East Asia Regional Medical Education (SEARAME) network and the Measurement and Accountability for Results workshop, in late 2016.Actions by WHO (1) Provide technical assistance to Member States, including for strengthening governance and supporting HRH units to fulfil their functions. (2) Develop indicators for monitoring progress on HRH, especially on retention and transformative education, in alignment with the Global HRH Strategy: Workforce 2030, and to harmonize reporting on HRH. (3) Support production, synthesis and dissemination of regional evidence on rural retention and transformative education through case studies and briefing notes on crucial topics. (4) Provide a second progress report to RC71 in 2018. This Working Paper and the HLP Meeting recommendations are submitted to the Sixty-ninth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia for its consideration and decision.
Regional Office for South-East Asia, World Health Organization. (2016). SEA/RC69/13: The Decade for Health Workforce Strengthening in the SEA Region 2015–2024: First review of progress, challenges and opportunities. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/246273