Resource Spotlight: What Countries Can Do Now: Twenty-Nine Actions to Scale-Up and Improve the Health Workforce

What Countries Can Do Now © GHWA
What Countries Can Do Now © GHWA

Health workers play a critical role in the provision of health care and represent the single largest cost element in providing health services in low-income countries. Many of the poorest countries in the world have been unable to meet the pressing health needs of their populations. Millions of people die prematurely, or suffer from illness or disability unnecessarily, because appropriate human resources for health (HRH) to provide care are not available to them.

While the health workforce situation is complex and addressing it requires a long term commitment from multiple stakeholders, there are actions that countries could take immediately to alleviate the health conditions of their populations. This document explains seven financing and economic issues that matter for health workforce scale-up and financing. It then states twenty-nine actions that policy-makers could take right away to address the issues, independent of any long-term HRH interventions in progress. [from introduction]

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