Annual review of HRH situation in Asia-Pacific region 2006-2007
Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health, Health Human Resources Development Center, Ministry of Health, P.R. China, report
This report reviewed the Human Resources for Health (HRH) status in the targeted countries by focusing on health education and training, distribution and retention of health workers, community health workers in eighteen Asian countries.
The pre-service health education in the region is still lagging behind when considering required educational and curricular changes during times of scientific and technological advances, epidemiological and social transitions and healthcare changes. It also lacks financial resources, and, in some countries, faces inadequate student intake. To achieve better HRH distribution and retention, especially in the rural and remote areas in some countries, but the results of these schemes have been mixed.
Many countries have scaled up and deployed large number of community health workers (CHWs) as a response to critical HRH shortages. CHWs in different countries have similar characteristics: young, female, literate, recruited from local communities, receiving a short term training and willing to provide services.