EDC Activities 2018

Health workers are all people primarily engaged in actions with the primary intent of enhancing health. At the heart of each and every health system, the workforce is central to advancing health. Developing capable, motivated and supported health workers is essential for overcoming bottlenecks to achieve national and global health goals. Health care is a labour-intensive service industry. Health workers are not just individuals but are integral parts of functioning health teams in which each member contributes different skills and performs different functions.

Health workers in the Region are often overworked, poorly paid, and not provided with the necessary equipment and supplies to do their jobs. Their work performance can also suffer due to a lack of adequate training, supervision and feedback. The human resources development programme of WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean provides technical support to Member States in strengthening national capacity and achieving balanced deployment and access to more motivated and skilled health workers, particularly in underserved areas.

Health workforce

Related links

WHO headquarters

Health workforce

Health workforce observatories

Regional observatories on human resources for health

HRH Journal

Human Resouces for Health Journal

International associations of health professionals

International Confederation of Midwives

International Council of Nurses

International Pharmaceutical Federation

World Dental Federation

The World Medical Association

World Federation for Medical Education

Wonca Global Family Doctors

Other organizations

The Capacity Project (HRH Action Framework)

World Directory of Medical Schools

Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research

Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health

Global Health Workforce Alliance

International Labour Organization

WHO collaborating centres

WHO collaborating centres global database

WHO collaborating centres on health workforce in the Region

WHO Collaborating Centre for Training in Research and Educational Development of Health Personnel at Department of Medical Education, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Karachi, Pakistan

WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Educational Development at Educational Development and Research Centre, Gezira Medial School, Wad Medani, Sudan

WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Development at Centre for Research & Development in Medical Education & Health Services (CRD), Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

WHO Collaborating Centre for the Public Health Education and Training at Department of Primary Care and Social Medicine, Imperial College, University of London, London, UK

WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Development at College of Health Sciences, Manama, Bahrain

WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Development at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Irbid, Jordan

WHO Collaborating Centre for Education and Research in Nursing and Midwifery at Iran University of Medical Sciences, Teheran, Islamic Republic of Iran

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