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This report describes the findings of a Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) exercise in Namibia. IntraHealth International in Namibia provided technical assistance in this assessment, which generated evidence to inform the Ministry of Health and Social Services' staffing decisions. The WISN method was applied to all 13 regions in Namibia and focused on four particular cadres of health workers perceived by the ministry to be the most critical: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and pharmacist assistants. The WISN tool, which was developed by the World Health Organisation, estimates the number of staff a health facility requires based on the actual workload for that facility. Workload components, activity standards, available working time, and available workload statistics are used to calculate the number of health workers required for any particular health facility in a country.
Publisher: Republic of Namibia Ministry of Health and Social ServicesTopics: health workforce & systems