Human resources development

A trainer delivering a training session to a group of students Health workforce policy interventions require  a coordinated approach from a variety of stakeholders representing all levels of the health care system. Photo credit: WHOHuman resources are considered one of the key determinants of health services performance. The WHO's Framework for Action for strengthening health systems recognizes human resources as one of the six interrelated and interacting building blocks of health systems.

The human resources development programme of WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean provides technical support to Member States in strengthening national capacity and achieving balanced deployment and access to more motivated and skilled health workers, particularly in underserved areas.

Mandate for action


The formulation of national human resources for health policies and strategies requires evidence-based planning to rationalize decisions. A range of tools and resources exists to provide technical support countries in...

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In focus

In order to plan and manage human resources effectively, countries need accurate and complete data about the available supply of health workers and the existing workforce. A strong human resources...

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The Global meeting of human resources for health (HRH) observatories: evidence-informed HRH policies – the contribution of HRH observatories, was held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 4 to 7 July 2011. The...

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