Call for research papers

The World Bank Africa Health Workforce Program, the World Health Organization, the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) and our conference partners are requesting submissions of original research papers on innovations in health worker education. Papers should present recent original research, preferably in developing countries, but innovative work in developed countries will also be considered. Topics can include, but are not limited to: health worker student recruitment, scaling up, financing, costing, teaching methodologies, curricula, teaching facilities, school accreditation, faculty development, educational partnerships, and student and program evaluation. Please do not submit descriptive work. Papers will be accepted through a peer review process.

Rapidly Expanding Pre-Service Education

Over the next five years there will be massive investments in pre-service education of health care workers in Africa. One of the main barriers to the proper use of this funding is the lack of publically available evidence on what works to rapidly scale up education while increasing the quality of graduates and controlling costs.

Addis 2009: Pushing the Field Forward

The World Bank Africa Health Workforce Program is hosting a “Human Resources for Health Results (HR2) Research Symposium” May 11 through 14, 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The HR2 Research Symposium will present the latest findings from the World Bank and other development partners in the fields of health labor markets and scaling up health worker education. Authors of selected papers will be invited to present their work at the HR2 Research Symposium. Symposium, travel and hotel costs will be provided for researchers from developing countries whose papers are selected.

Submission Process

Abstracts should be between 250 and 500 words long with title, author, background, methods, results, and how the work adds to our understanding of health worker training. They should be written in English and e-mailed as an MS Word document to Authors of accepted abstracts will be requested to submit papers.

Deadline for abstract submission: February 28, 2009. Authors will be informed of the status of their submission by March 10 and papers will be due by April 10, 2009.