Toolkit to help European Region move towards sustainable health workforce now available online

Antoni Peris i Grao

A toolkit designed to raise awareness in countries that the health workforce is an essential investment in universal health coverage is now available online. The toolkit was produced by WHO/Europe, in collaboration with regional experts.

The concept of the toolkit arose from the regional Framework for Action developed by WHO/Europe in 2017 to meet the aims of the global Five-year Action Plan for Health Employment and Inclusive Economic Growth, published by WHO, the International Labour Organization and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The Framework was presented at the Seventieth World Health Assembly and adopted by Member States at the 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe. The draft toolkit was launched at the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health held in Dublin in November 2017.

The toolkit supports the Framework for Action and adapts the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 to the context of the WHO European Region. It sets out key strategic objectives for Member States and proposes policy options and implementation modalities to support Member States to sustainably strengthen their human resources for health (HRH).

Strategic objectives

The toolkit is framed around 4 strategic objectives: education and performance, planning and investment, capacity-building, and analysis and monitoring. Member States can use the toolkit to develop home-grown solutions to transform the distribution, skill mix, competencies, education, management and regulation of health workforces to meet their specific HRH challenges.

The toolkit is intended to be a dynamic resource that can be adapted. WHO/Europe plans to work with experts and stakeholders continually to improve it and add guides and tools that support countries in dealing with specific issues.

The toolkit is currently only available in English, but a Russian language version is being finalized.