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Situational assessment and strategies for strengthening nursing and midwifery in the Western Pacific region

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Abstract

A situational assessment of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Western Pacific region illustrates the area’s geographical, topographical, political, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity, as well as its human resource and health system challenges, including limited capacities in evidence-based policies, planning and management. The poor repair of facilities, lack of essential drugs and equipment, low salaries, and lack of ongoing supervision are linked to lowered productivity and morale and deficient service delivery to vulnerable populations, particularly those in rural and remote areas. The situation analysis lays the foundation for the Regional Human Resources for Health strategy. The core strategies and activities of the WHO Western Pacific regional human resources for health and nursing area of work are highlighted, with attention given to workforce planning tools and guidelines and policy option support in relation to: the migration of skilled health workers; poverty, gender, and health publications; building workforce capacity in relation to priority health problems; and strengthening networking and partnerships to support leadership capacity-building and good governance in relation to health service planning and policy-making. Future WHO support to member states emphasizes workforce planning and management, leadership development, networking, and partnerships.
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Keywords: education; human resources for health; nursing; professional; strategic planning

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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