Resource Spotlight: Costing the Scaling-Up of Human Resources for Health: Lessons from Mozambique and Guinea Bissau

Guinea Bissau HRH plan's projected expenditures and funding
Guinea Bissau HRH plan's projected expenditures and funding

This paper discusses two human resources for health costing exercises carried out in the context of the elaboration of national human resources development strategies. The paper's objective is to present and analyze two separate examples of costing exercises in information-poor settings, and illustrate how the lack of HRH financial and cost data was overcome in Mozambique and Guinea Bissau. The paper's ultimate goal is to contribute to the debate on costing tools and strategies, and more specifically to identify advantages and disadvantages of certain key methodological aspects. In doing so, it highlights the importance of adapting any costing methodology to specific country needs and contexts. [from introduction]

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  • Human Resource and Funding Constraints for Essential Surgery in District Hospitals in Africa: A Retrospective Cross-Sectional Survey
  • Financing and Economic Aspects of Health Workforce Scale-Up and Improvement: Framework Paper
  • Measuring Expenditure for the Health Workforce: Evidence and Challenges
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