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Thematic Guide: Human Resources for Health

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Our thematic guide to internet resources leads you beyond the limits of the Medicus Mundi International Network. For resources related to international migration and recruitment, please use the specific guide. Any important resources missing? Please let us know.

The MMI working group on HRH


Civil Society: Advocacy and Networking

  • Medicus Mundi International - Network Health for All:
    Working group on Human Resources for Health (MMI HRH)

    See: Working group presentation
  • Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative (HWAI)
    Currently inactive. The Medicus Mundi International Network has been a member of the civil-society led network


Global Initiatives and Thematic Leaders

  • WHO Health Workforce Department
    "Currently, there is a global crisis of the health workforce, expressed by acute shortages and maldistribution of health workers, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. To respond to this crisis, policies and actions are needed to address the dynamics of the health labour market, the production and management of the health workforce, and to improve the distribution and performance of existing health workers."
  • Global Health Workforce Network GHWN (2016-)
    "The Network will operate within WHO as a global mechanism for stakeholder consultation, dialogue and coordination on comprehensive and coherent health workforce policies in support of the implementation of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health and the recommendations the Commission."
  • Global Health Workforce Alliance GHWA (2006-2016)
    The Medicus Mundi International Network has been a member of the GHWA, "a partnership dedicated to identifying and implementing solutions to the health workforce crisis. It brought together a variety of actors, including national governments, civil society, finance institutions, workers, international agencies, academic institutions and professional associations." The Alliance was hosted and administered by the World Health Organization.


Key documents and processes

Resources and Tools

  • GHWA Knowledge Centre
    "The Alliance Knowledge centre, which includes a range of resources - developed by the Alliance Secretariat, Alliance members and partners, and other external entities - regarding the health workforce crisis and the response."
  • Human resources for health toolkit
    "The toolkit is meant to help the countries in developing, implementing, and monitoring evidence-based HRH plans. It may also be used by those wishing to review or validate their current HRH plans and interventions" Global Health Workforce Alliance 2012
  • HRH Action Framework
    "The framework presented here is designed to assist governments and health managers to develop and implement strategies to achieve an effective and sustainable health workforce. By using a comprehensive approach, the Framework will help you address staff shortages, uneven distribution of staff, gaps in skills and competencies, low retention and poor motivation, among other challenges."
  • Addressing the Health Workforce Crisis
    The purpose of this toolkit created by the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative is to assist health professionals, health professional associations, and civil society organizations to develop advocacy strategies to address human resource and health financing issues in their countries. - PDF
  • Eldis Dossier: Human resources for health
    "This dossier offers practical up to date information about how to address human resource problems and issues, drawing upon evidence about what works, and identifying innovations in approaches, policy and practice."
  • Journal: Human resources for health
    "An open access, peer-reviewed, online journal covering all aspects of planning, producing and managing the health workforce - all those who provide health services worldwide."
  • HRH Global Resource Center
    "The Center provides support to human resources for health (HRH) stakeholders and decision makers by helping them find the resources they need in a searchable, online library and offers personalized support from an experienced knowledge management team."
  • Global Atlas of the Health Workforce
    WHO Department of Human Resources for Health, 2008
  • Working together for health
    The World Health Report 2006

Recent Papers


  • Conference of Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH), October 2016. Global HRH Strategies 2030: from strategy to implementation” Documentation
  • Policy briefs for the UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth







  • Human Resources for Health: Strengthening health systems - assuring service delivery - improving health
    SolidarMed position paper, 2011 (pdf)
  • Guidelines for Forming and Sustaining Human Resources for Health Stakeholder Leadership Groups
    Wilma J. Gormley, Jim McCaffery, 2011 (pdf)
  • Health Professionals for a New Century: Transforming Education to Strengthen Health Systems in an Interdependent World. Report of the Lancet Commission, 2011
  • Missing Midwives
    Save the Children report shortage of 350,000 trained midwives in developing countries. 2011 (pdf)
  • Attracting and retaining health workers in the Member States of the South-eastern Europe Health Network (2011)
  • Human Resource Challenges in Faith Based Organizations
    CONTACT, a WCC Magazine, 2011
  • Setting targets and strategies to close the global health worker gap
    HWAI Platform at 2nd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, endorsed by the Medicus Mundi International Network, Bangkok, January 2011

Until 2010

  • Increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention. Global policy recommendations. WHO 2010
  • Health Workers urgently needed to reach health MDGs
    "This Action for Global Health's briefing paper looks into the causes of the health worker crisis in developing countries and calls on EU leaders to urgently tackle the issue."  AFGH 2010
  • Scaling up, Saving Lives
    The report issued by an international group of experts in health and education at a side event during the 61st World Health Assembly, stresses the need for urgent action to address the acute shortages of health workers. WHO 2008

This section of the guide is updated monthly
Source: MMI updates on Twitter

Conferences and Conference Documentations

  • Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health
    10-13 November 2013 in Recife, Brazil
    "Rising to the grand challenge of human resources for health"
  • Second Global Forum on Human Resources for Health
    25-29 January, 2011, Bangkok, Thailand

    "The second Global Forum on Human Resources for Health will review and assess progress made on the Kampala Declaration and Agenda for Global Actions; celebrate successes and identify gaps and new challenges for the health workforce crisis." The Forum report is available now on the GHWA website.
  • First Consultation of the African Platform on Human Resources for Health
    12-14 October 2010, Nairobi, Kenya

    "The purpose of the Consultation is to take stock of progress, achievements and lessons in HRH, and also share experiences, innovations and lessons in critical areas affecting the health workforce in Africa."
  • GHWA: First informal consultation of advocates and communicators
    on Human Resources for Health, 19-20 November 2009

    About 30 representatives from the Alliance member civil society groups, health care professional associations, media and international organizations participated in the meeting specifically aimed at reflecting on achievements and lessons learnt so far, while developing shared vision and priorities for 2010-2011.
  • First Global Forum on Human Resources for Health
    Kampala, 2-7 March 2008

    The first-ever Global Forum on Human Resources for Health called for immediate and sustained action to resolve the critical shortage of health workers around the world, setting out which lays out the essential steps that need to be taken over the next decade to turn the crisis around. The Forum, held in Kampala, Uganda, and organized by the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), endorsed the Kampala Declaration and Agenda for Global Action. Conference documents:

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