Health workforce


Global Health Workforce Statistics – 2013 update

Statistics on the number and density of health workers for 194 WHO Member States. The main (aggregated) data set provides standardized information on nine occupational categories of human resources for health (HRH). Depending on data availability and the organization of the national health system, disaggregated information may further be provided for up to 18 occupational categories, as well as on the distribution of HRH by age, sex and place of work (urban/rural).

WHO country assessment tool on the uses and sources for human resources for health (HRH) data

The country assessment tool on the uses and sources for human resources for health (HRH) data has been developed by the Human Resources for Health Unit (HRH), WHO to identify priorities and develop strategies to strengthen the Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) in countries. This tool has been field tested to evaluate the uses and sources of information in Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe and it has recently been used in Guatemala and Rwanda to understand the support required to assist countries to improve or develop their HRIS.

Handbook on monitoring and evaluation of human resources for health

This Handbook offers health managers, researchers and policy makers a comprehensive and standard reference for monitoring and evaluating human resources for health. It brings together an analytical framework with strategy options for improving the health workforce information and evidence base, as well as country experiences to highlight approaches that have worked.

Sources and classification of health workforce statistics

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This compendium inventories the key global sources and classifications relevant to health workforce statistics. Four major categories of health labour statistical sources are included: population censuses, labour force and employment surveys, health facility assessments and routine administrative information systems.

Spotlight on health workforce statistics

Each issue focuses on a specific theme related to the collection, processing, analysis, dissemination and use of health workforce statistics at the international, regional and country levels to support decision making for policies and programmes.