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Wemos Briefing Paper on Human Resources for Health

Wemos Briefing Paper on Human Resources for Health

Addressing the health workforce shortage, a new Wemos Briefing Paper presents ‘windows of opportunities’ on ways to ensure people everywhere have access to a skilled and motivated health worker, supported by a robust health system. It proposes four  strategic approaches that the Dutch government, members of parliament and civil society organizations can jointly take and support to address the global HRH crisis.

Health workers are the most valuable resource of health systems. These workers are essential for the attainment of health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As the minimum threshold for reaching these goals the WHO has defined a population density of 2.28 health care professionals per 1000 citizens (e.g. a coverage of 80% for skilled delivery attendance). However, 57 countries worldwide do not meet this threshold and have critical shortages of health care workers.

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