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On March 25-27, 2013, The African Development Bank (ADB) in collaboration with the World Bank, the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) and CapacityPlus held a workshop on Health Labor Market Analysis in Hammamet, Tunisia. The workshop was attended by 40 policy makers, health planners, leaders of medical education and representatives from international development organizations, NGOs, private sector, health associations and health education associations.
The central role of Human Resources for Health (HRH) in strengthening health systems and improving access to essential health care services is widely recognized by Governments among the critical human development priorities. Access to skilled and supported health workforce is a key determinant of health status of the population and hence impacts on economic growth and social prosperity.
Africa’s health labor market has evolved rapidly into a complex and dynamic market. The old assumption that producing more health workers is the magic solution for health systems proved to be short sighted and inaccurate. But a more comprehensive approach through a labor market analysis provides a more advanced approach for a realistic assessment and hence the more effective policies and operational interventions.
To this end, The African Development Bank in collaboration with the World Bank, Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) and CapacityPlus have begun an analytical study of the Health Labor Market (HLM) in Africa. The goal of this joint study is to support health policy makers and health program managers to better understand the status, trends and dynamics of health labor market, and consider health workers as what they mostly are: economic actors, with clear preferences and basing decisions on informed trade-offs. The study is likely to help improve HRH policy making, planning, financing and management practices.
The workshop disseminated the outcomes of the study, the lessons learned and the policy recommendations and promote evidence-based HRH policies, based on HLM analysis.
The key objectives of the workshop were:
1. Present and discuss the joint Health Labor Market (HLM) study findings and the framework proposed for analyzing HLM;
2. Disseminate among policy makers, health planners, academics and wider HRH community within the African context, the initial findings of the HLM study, the lessons learned and the policy recommendations;
3. Discuss the potential value added and promote the use of evidence-based HRH policies based on sound HLM analysis (including education, skills mix, retention, performance incentives, regulation and management).
4. Discuss and assess the knowledge gaps and next steps for HLM research.
AfDB is part of the Harmonization for Health Mechanism which hosts the HRH Community of Practice online platform.
For more information contact Atef El Maghraby, Chief Health Human Resources Analyst, African Development Bank.
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