Making the Most of the Health Workforce

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Achieving country commitments to universal health coverage requires maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of the health workforce. The Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project supported country governments to optimize the quality and efficiency of the health labor market through policy development and implementation in health workforce production, regulation of the private sector, and initiatives to address maldistribution and inefficiencies. Over the course of the project, HFG engaged with countries on common challenges regarding human resources for health (HRH) – vacancies, ghost workers, incomplete HRH data, and health workers ill-prepared to meet population health needs, among others. Careful stakeholder engagement, incorporation of governance capacity building into HRH technical assistance, and thoughtful selection of interventions that could serve as levers for broader reforms contributed to the successful outcomes achieved with HFG’s support.

About HFG’s Advances in Health Finance & Governance Series

HFG’s Advances in Health Finance & Governance series is designed to highlight learning and lessons from the HFG project in nine core areas: domestic resource mobilization, strategic health purchasing, health financing strategies, expanding coverage through health insurance, financial data for decision making, governance, institutional capacity building, workforce and efficiency, and building understanding for universal health coverage.

The HFG project (2012-2018) is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is led by Abt Associates in collaboration with Avenir Health, Broad Branch Associates, Development Alternatives Inc., the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Results for Development Institute, RTI International, and Training Resources Group, Inc.