Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the WHO’s Year of the Health and Care Worker, the importance of the health workforce has never been more apparent. However, many country governments do not have accurate counts of the health workers they employ or details on how they perform, let alone visibility into community health or private sector workers who also play a critical role in service delivery. This inability to see the “big picture” hampers efforts to mobilize all available human resources efficiently for pandemic response and limits longer-term planning and management decision making based on data. Human resource information systems (HRIS) are a key tool for collecting and analyzing such data, yet there is limited documentation about the capabilities of existing systems in different countries.
To understand these gaps and what it will take to transform them, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation engaged Vital Wave, IntraHealth International, and Cooper/Smith to identify the key success factors and concrete opportunities for low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) to better design, plan, and manage their health workforce using HRIS. This webinar will launch the resulting report, "Human Resources for Health: Workforce Analytics for Design and Planning" and share insights from a targeted scan of HRIS landscape in 20 countries and three deep-dive assessments in Burkina Faso, Mozambique, and Uganda. The recommendations build upon existing efforts at the global and country levels to strengthen HRIS, and guide further investments towards stronger health systems.
Simultaneous interpretation of this webinar will be available in English, French, and Spanish.