Bulletin of the World Health Organization releases special HRH theme issue
Geneva, 1 November 2013 - The Bulletin of the World Health Organization has released today a theme issue on Human Resources for Health and universal health coverage (UHC) to contribute to the discussions at the upcoming Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, which will be held in Recife, Brazil, from 10–13 November 2013.
Articles in this theme issue contribute to strengthening the policy frameworks and evidence base surrounding HRH by, inter alia: (i) helping us to better understand the market forces affecting HRH education, deployment and performance; (ii) highlighting best practices and lessons learnt in relation to the retention of health workers in rural areas and the international migration of health workers; (iii) providing new evidence and recommendations on the effectiveness of mid-level and community-based health workers and on the system support they require; and (iv) identifying opportunities for innovation in HRH education and management support through the use of emerging technologies.
“We were delighted by the overwhelming response to the call for papers that we issued earlier this year; this indicates a keen interest in contributing to this topic from many countries and a broad range of stakeholders.” said Dr Giorgio Cometto of the GHWA Secretariat, who served as guest editor for the theme issue.
“Moving towards or sustaining universal health coverage is a challenge for countries at all levels of socio economic development: a fit for purpose and fit to practice health workforce is an essential component of this endeavor. The articles in this theme issue allow a better appreciation of progress to date and future challenges; they also provide new evidence, innovative approaches and examples of success which can inform discussions at the Third Global Forum, and inspire policies and actions in the years ahead.” he continued.
The Bulletin of the World Health Organization is one of the world’s leading public health journals. It is the flagship periodical of WHO, with a special focus on developing countries. Articles are peer-reviewed and are independent of WHO guidelines. Abstracts are available in the six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.