Health workforce

WHO Fellowship programme

The WHO Fellowship programme serves as a tool to support Member States to scale up the production of health personnel to overcome the critical challenges in human resources for health in line with World Health Assembly Resolution WHA59.23 and as highlighted by the World Health Report 2006. It is a significant means of WHO support for the development and strengthening of human resources for health capacity, contributing to the health system performance of its Member States.

The WHO Fellowship Programme was among the first programmes created since the founding of WHO in 1948. With more than 1000 fellows per year and approximately 120 000 fellows trained under this programme, WHO is considered to be the biggest single fellowship provider within the United Nations System. This programme is specially addressed to developing countries to build their capacities in practically all technical areas.

Strategic directions of WHO Fellowship programme

Strategic directions of the Fellowship programme will be guided by monitoring fellowship trends, training needs identified by the countries to scale up workforce production, evaluation and impact assessment results towards country capacity building in HRH development. The strategic directions will encompass the following:

  • Adopt best practices from WHO Regions and other United Nations Agencies
  • Use innovative approaches in education and training
  • Advocate partnerships and resource mobilization
  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation of the outcomes and impact of the Fellowship programme
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