Strengthening the availability and quality of human resources for health (HRH) is among the top priorities of Senegal’s Ministry of Health and Social Action (MSAS), both to improve quality of care and to strengthen the overall resilience of the health system. However, the country faces significant HRH challenges. These include health worker shortages (particularly in remote areas), inequitable distribution of current workers, and limited resources for hiring new workers. The National Health Development Plan (PNDS) 2009–2018 includes human resources as a priority for achieving the nation’s health objectives, and the National Plan of Development of Human Resources for Health (PNDRHS) 2011-2018 outlines HRH challenges and approaches to address them. The end of both plans provides an opportunity to adapt them to Senegal’s current context.
HRH2030 in Senegal
HRH2030 is working with USAID/Senegal and the Government of Senegal to develop and implement human resources policies and practices that promote an available, acceptable health workforce. This includes enhancing the enabling environment for HRH policy, supporting the structural and organizational leadership of departments within the MSAS, and strengthening data use for HRH decision-making. In addition to building political commitment to a strengthened health workforce, this work will promote a sustainable, well-governed health workforce that meets the population’s health needs and can respond nimbly to emerging threats.
HRH2030 is working with USAID/Senegal and the Directorate of Human Resources in the Ministry of Health and Social Action to: