Tuberculosis (TB)

Human resources development (HRD)

Human resource development (HRD)

Human Resource Development (HRD) is one of the key issues in overall health systems development.

HRD (for comprehensive TB control) refers to the process of planning, managing and supporting the health workforce involved in delivering comprehensive TB control services, within the development of the overall health workforce.

HRD aims at getting “the right people, with the right skills and motivation, in the right place, at the right time”.

Coordinated efforts are needed to address HRD, involving ministries of health, local governments and executives, managers of national TB control programmes, representatives of provincial and local staff involved in TB control activities, professional associations, training organizations or institutions and community-based organizations. The Stop TB Department is working with WHO regional and country offices and other partners to assist countries assess their human resource situation for TB control, to develop strategic HRD plans, policies and capacity-building tools for implementing the Stop TB Strategy.

The quality of service delivery, including interventions for comprehensive TB control based on the Stop TB Strategy, depends to a large extent upon the performance of personnel, enabled by the availability of sufficient facilities, equipment and drugs and a supportive environment. The performance of personnel depends on various factors such as motivation, training, supervision, salaries, working conditions, job certainty and stability (reducing planned staff turnover/rotation), all of which require carefully formulated and implemented health workforce policies.

“Everyone with TB should have access to the innovative tools and services they need for rapid diagnosis, treatment and care. This is a matter of social justice, fundamental to our goal of universal health coverage. Given the prevalence of drug-resistant tuberculosis, ensuring highquality and complete care will also benefit global health security. I call for intensified global solidarity and action to ensure the success of this transformative End TB Strategy.”

Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General