Health workforce

Technical workshop on measuring health workforce inequalities from a census

Geneva, Switzerland, 6-8 September 2010

This technical workshop brought together representatives of ministries of health and central statistical agencies from 8 countries as well as other regional and global stakeholders. The objectives were three-fold: to build knowledge and skills in use of data for measuring health workforce inequalities, in particular use of population census microdata; to promote sustainable use of standard statistical sources for ongoing monitoring; and to support evidence-informed dialogue to support HRH planning and policy decisions. The methodological approach followed during the workshop built on background research commissioned by WHO to identify appropriate standardized methods to measure geographical inequalities in the health workforce, which country representatives then applied to national datasets using statistical software in order to better understand workforce inequalities in their own national contexts.

The event was organized by the WHO Department of Human Resources for Health in collaboration with the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)-International project at the University of Minnesota, and with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development.