Policies and Plans for Human Resources for Health: Guidelines for Countries in the WHO African Region

Guidelines by the WHO Regional Office for Africa

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Authors:
Jennifer Nyoni, Akpa Gbary, Magda Awases, Prosper Ndecki and Rufaro Chatora

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Publication date: 2006

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Intended users:

HRH managers in ministries of health and other ministries such as Education, Planning, and Finance, health facilities, and civil or public service agencies dealing with HRH issues.

Description

The aim of these guidelines is to support WHO Member countries in HRH development, assessment of HRH, the situation, policy, and plan formulation with a view to achieving a level of comprehensiveness and consistency at country level.

The guidelines discuss the HRH process, situation analysis, and suggest policy and plan development in the context of overall national health policies and strategies. The guidelines explain how to formulate, develop and review the HRH situation, policies and plans with the flexibility necessary for each country.

The 3 main outputs -- the situation, the policy, and the plan are discussed in 3 separate sections for clarity. The 5 annexes providing what are essentially templates for the key outputs are very helpful.

The toolkit appears at first rather text-heavy but it is filled with bullet point lists, questionnaires, boxes to check off, and practical guidance in problem-solving.