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A new report titled Human Resources for Health: Workforce Analytics for Design and Planning Report offers insights for how low- and middle-income countries can use human resources information systems (HRIS) to better design, plan, and manage their health workforces during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report—produced as part of a partnership among IntraHealth International, Vital Wave, and Cooper/Smith—analyzes 20 countries that are experiencing health workforce shortages and highlights the contextual factors that shape their information ecosystems. The authors offer three deep-dive assessments of Burkina Faso, Mozambique, and Uganda to showcase the status of HRIS in different geographic, development, and health system contexts.
While health worker shortages have been a challenge around the world for many years, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic introduces extra urgency to health workforce management. The pandemic, report authors say, illustrates the importance of:
The report finds that many countries’ governments lack an accurate sense of the composition, location, and performance of their health workforce. Key assessment findings include:
The report outlines various pathways to success, with recommendations that build upon existing efforts at the global and country levels to strengthen human resources information systems and to guide further investments for stronger health systems.
Some key recommendations include:
“This report is an important reference for ministries of health around the world who are facing health worker shortages and seeking to better address using HRIS,” says Andrew Brown, senior director of health workforce development at IntraHealth. “But it will also help all of us understand how we can work with governments, institutions, and nonprofits to better support the health workforce, as we are facing a shortage of almost 18 million health workers around the world.”