Supporting National Health Workforce Accounts

Activity

Strengthen HRH/HSS Leadership and Governance

Strengthen HRH/HSS Leadership and Governance

Supporting National Health Workforce Accounts (NHWAs)

To reach the goal of universal health coverage, national policymakers need complete, accurate data about the health workforce. Decision-makers must consult many sources in order to develop a full understanding of HRH dynamics. Recognizing this, the World Health Organization (WHO) developed the National Health Workforce Accounts (NHWA) to standardize sources of countries’ health workforce information and improve their interoperability.

 

Beginning this work in 2016, HRH2030 collaborated with USAID, PEPFAR and WHO to conduct a workshop for nine country teams on NHWA. Building on this work, HRH2030 is now providing joint technical support with WHO to develop effective and adaptable approaches to assist low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) for NHWA implementation. Specific activities will include working with stakeholders Indonesia, Ethiopia, and the Philippines to develop governance and tools that stakeholders may use to conceptualize NHWA and operationalize NHWA by establishing a step-by-step, sustainable process of collecting and analyzing HRH data for NHWA:

  • Introduction of the NHWA concept, framework, modules, data requirements, and mapping of current systems
  • Identify how NWHA will be leveraged to support HRH decision making, policy development, and overall support, planning, and optimization of the health workforce 
  • Explore the capability and maturity (in content and data use) of existing human resources for health information systems (HRIS) and national HRH observatories in participating countries, identifying areas needing enhancement and then supporting these areas
  • Establish next steps towards national roadmaps to support the implementation of NHWA, providing technical assistance for this implementation

Activity Leader:
Leah McManus, Chemonics

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Duration:
2016-2019

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Countries Impacted:
Ethiopia

Ghana

Indonesia

Kenya
Liberia
Malawi
Mozambique
Namibia
Nigeria

Philippines
Tanzania
Zambia

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Status:
Ongoing