Human resources for health form the foundation of an efficient and reliable health system. In the Philippines, only 10 percent of the country’s health workers serve in rural areas, leaving some municipalities without an adequate health workforce. While local government units are responsible for delivering quality health care services, oftentimes, their ability to efficiently plan for, manage, and develop the health workforce is insufficient, resulting in inequities in health services and outcomes.
With the recent passing of the Universal Health Care Act, it an opportune time to elevate HRH in the Philippines from merely focusing on an adequate number of health workers to increasing investments in effectively managing and developing the health workforce to meet the country’s family planning, maternal and child health, and tuberculous (TB) goals.
HRH2030 in the Philippines
The USAID HRH2030 program in the Philippines works with the Philippines Department of Health and other key stakeholders to assess and strengthen the health workforce to improve family planning services and TB control. Specifically, HRH2030 provides capacity building interventions to strengthen the planning, deployment, distribution, management, development, training, retention, and data informed decision-making of a fit-for-purpose-and-practice health workforce to improve equity, access, and quality of family planning, maternal and child health, and TB services.