Sightsavers uses the CCF approach in Mali, Cameroon and Zambia
Alliance member, Sightsavers recently announced its intention to pilot the integration of the eye health workforce planning into the wider national human resources for health (HRH) process through the CCF approach. This will be done in select countries where Sightsavers operations are advanced– Mali, Cameroon and Zambia.
One of their key strategies is for Sightsaver’s Country Directors to request membership to the HRH committee or working group established by the Ministry of Health. This collaboration will ensure that HRH requirements are reflected into the national HRH plans and eventually in the national health strategy. The duplication of efforts will be adverted and the synergy for the HRH will be enhanced. Sightsavers has come up with concrete recommendations for its Country Directors for the 5 phases of the CCF - from establishing the HRH coordination mechanism through to the monitoring and evaluation of the HRH plan.
The CCF approach requires establishing and supporting the necessary governance structures for intersectoral coordination and collaboration to plan, implement and monitor health workforce development and retention at the country level, while working through one national HRH plan. It also entails processes assisting priority countries to ensure that sustainable, motivated and skilled health workers are available to meet health care needs and working with partners to ensure that funding and technical expertise is available for programmes.