The Alliance is delighted to establish web profiles of 22 priority countries supporting HRH development following the principles of the country coordination and facilitation process. The new country pages provide comprehensive sources of country specific information on the health workforce crisis and the Alliance’s response. In addition to health workforce data and statistics, the web profiles provide a brief analysis of health workforce and trends as well as links to latests plans and policies, case studies and a list of Alliance members working in the country.
In response to the critical shortage of health workers, the Alliance has developed the Country Coordination and Facilitation (CCF) - Principles and Process on human resources for health (HRH) for an integrated health workforce response. The CCF was conceptualized in 2009. With a sensitization phase in 2009 and early 2010, its roll-out commenced in the latter part of 2010 with a first wave of 22 countries across all regions.
The Alliance is developing a range of resources to complement the CCF Principles and Processes document. You will find below the initial collection of country case studies and posters that illustrate latest country experiences with regards to intersectoral coordination of HRH. New resources will be made available here regularly.
UN health agencies - “H4+” (UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, World Bank, WHO) - collectively proposed to support a group of countries with some of the highest numbers of maternal and newborn mortality to strengthen evidence-based policy and its implementation. The Alliance supports the development and implementation of HRH strategies to improve the maternal and child health workers situation, and works with the H4+ on a number of projects.
The Alliance response in countries
As identified by the 2006 World Health Report, 57 countries face critical health workforce shortages and are considered as priority countries by the Alliance. However, the Alliance works worldwide with partners at country level to advocate and catalyze actions to resolve the Human Resources for Health (HRH) crisis, and to support the achievement of the health related Millennium Development Goals and Health for All.
In its constants efforts to address the crisis and make a sustainable contribution to improving critical situations faced by countries, the Alliance convened the First and the Second Global Forums on Human Resources for Health, in 2008 in Uganda, and 2011 in Thailand respectively. Both Forums concluded with the adoption from committed participants of ambitious agendas suitable to translate political will, leadership and partnership into sustainable and effective actions at country level.
A critical and urgent element to better enable strategies to be translated into action is the need for effective coordination of all stakeholders. In response to this need for enhanced coordination, the Alliance developed the Country Coordination and Facilitation (CCF) - Principles and Process.