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Strategy and policy

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Many countries’ health care systems are challenged by workforce development issues, including inadequate numbers of qualified health workers, low retention rates, and loss of workers due to HIV/AIDS. Health workforce strategies must move beyond salary and training in the public sector to strategies in both the public and private sectors. In this context, the Regional Office:

works closely with country nationals to strengthen governance and national capacity on human resource planning and evidence-based policy formation as a whole, and institutional performance of human resource development units in ministries of health and subnational settings in particular

connects human resources to the achievement of health goals and outcomes to ensure political commitment and development of human resource plans and policies

develops publications on strengthening the establishment of effective human resources development units at central and subnational levels; develops human resources for health plans and policies with regulatory framework; establishes national human resources for health observatories and national systems for accreditation. 

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