Treat, Train, Retain

The AIDS and health workforce plan

Report on the consultation on AIDS and human resources for health.
WHO, Geneva, 11-12 May, 2006

Reference number: ISBN 92 4 159471 3

A Consultation was held in Geneva in May 2006 to discuss a proposed AIDS and Health Workforce Plan. The Consultation drew together actors from the fields of HIV and AIDS, human resources for health, and development. Participants represented national governments of low-, middle- and high-income countries, professional associations and trade unions, international agencies and financing institutions, academic institutions and civil society organizations (including nongovernmental organizations, faith-based organizations and organizations representing people living with HIV).

The Consultation discussed the proposal for an AIDS and Health Workforce plan . Dubbed “Treat, Train, Retain” (TTR), the plan was seen as both an essential component of the strategy to scale up towards universal access to HIV/AIDS services and an important new opportunity for strengthening human resources for health (HRH) in countries affected by the epidemic.

The plan comprises three sets of elements: a package of HIV treatment, prevention, care and support services for health workers in countries affected by HIV (“Treat”); measures to empower health workers to deliver universal access to HIV/AIDS services (“Train”); and strategies to retain health workers in the public health system, including financial and other incentives and strategies to improve pay and working conditions and manage the migration of health care workers (“Retain”).