Innovative Education and Training in HRH

Parallel Session 16

Venue: TBC

Day and time: Friday, 28 January 2011 - 15:30-17:00

The challenge facing many countries is how to educate and train their health workforce to address the prioritized needs of the health system within limited budgets. This session will delve into the need for, and the role of, innovation in human resource education during this changing global health landscape.

Strengthening health systems calls for new thinking about the kind of education health professionals need so they can better serve their communities and achieve health for all.

The education of health professionals should enable them to serve the health needs of the communities where they work. In many countries the expansion of education and training to increase community and mid-level health workers, alongside highly-skilled staff, has become a priority. However, successful implementation of a task shifting approach requires inter-professional collaboration between cadres. Finally, health workers need to be properly trained in innovative health technologies and using technology in education programs.

Innovations in education and training will need to take into account local health needs, the institutional functions (teaching, research and service), as well as the content (curricula), and process (educational programmes, approaches and methods) of educational programs.

Policy and institutional innovations are also needed to develop a new generation of health professionals who are better equipped to address present and future health challenges and improve population health.

This session will focus on the following:

  • The need for innovation in human resource education and training to achieve the MDGs and universal health care;
  • Innovations in human resource education and training in a changing global health and health system landscape in the era of advance information technology;
  • Need for inter-professional collaboration for training of mid-level health workers and task shifting;
  • Significant country level innovations in human resource education and training for achieving the MDGs and universal health care;
  • Key policy and institutional reforms in human resource education and training.

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