Innovative solutions for strengthening HRH information systems
Parallel Session 9
Day and time: Friday, 28 January 2011 - 10:30-12:30
The availability, accessibility and use of data and information on human resources for health (HRH) is crucial for evidence-based decision making when addressing HRH challenges. Many sources can potentially produce valuable data for HRH measurement and monitoring, and this session is dedicated to strengthening health workforce information systems.
Strengthening HRH information systems to support policy and practice requires not just the bringing together of different types of data, but more importantly the bringing together of different constituencies and stakeholders.
The availability, accessibility and use of data and information on human resources for health (HRH) is crucial for evidence-based decision making to address HRH challenges in countries and globally.
Many sources can potentially produce valuable data for HRH measurement and monitoring, including routine administrative records, population censuses and surveys, health facility assessments, and other types of data collection exercises within and outside the formal health sector.
The development of a comprehensive evidence base generally requires combining different types of information, frequently scattered across different sources and many of which remain underused in HRH research.
Against a backdrop of increasing demand for quality information on HRH, combined with an increasingly crowded landscape of partners and initiatives with the purpose to strengthen health systems and improve health in low- and middle-income countries, an underlying challenge is to optimize available resources (human, financial and technical), reduce overlap and avoiding fragmentation.
The goal of this session is to share good practices and lessons learnt in building national leadership and inclusive stakeholder alliances towards a coordinated, harmonized and standardized approaches to strengthening health workforce information systems based on country needs and priorities.