The National HRH Observatory-Sudan
The National HRH Observatory-Sudan was established in the year 2007 within the premises of the Federal Ministry of Health. It is an HR information system that is supported with evidence through research, as well as a platform for consensus between the different HRH stakeholders in Sudan. Its organizational structure includes:
- A focal person and Observatory Board
- • Information and data-bases section;
- • Research and publications section; and
- • Collaboration and co-ordination section.
- Facilitative: National forum of stakeholders.
- Descriptive: Easily accessible database.
- Analytical: Correlation between key human resources for health variables and lessons from successes and failures to assist policy makers.
- Prescriptive: Recommendations on issues related to human resources for health.
- Monitoring: Systems to monitor the status of human resources in the country.
- Network of satellites within important HRH institutes.
- Production of an advocacy newsletter (Observatory Eye).
- Preparation of HRH research priorities; commission and conduct of some HRH studies.
Links to the health workforce crisis
A major link is making available data and information to highlight gaps and skill mix imbalance in the national health workforce. Efforts of National HRH Observatory (NHRHO) in this regards have helped very much to bring the issues of shortages and imbalances to the attention of relevant authorities. Advocacy role played by the observatory has also facilitated important decisions to address the gap and correct imbalance of skill mix e.g. establishment of the Academy of Health Sciences (AHS).
The observatory also enables discussion and debate around vital HRH policy issues through its role as a platform for different stakeholders and through its research functions.