A toolkit designed to raise awareness in European countries that the health workforce is an essential investment in universal health coverage is now available online. Wemos contributed to the toolkit in a chapter on capacity building.
The toolkit, produced by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, underlines that the health workforce is an investment, not a cost. It sets out key strategic objectives for WHO Member States and proposes policy options and implementation modalities to support Member States to sustainably strengthen their human resources for health.
At the heart of health systems
As Hans Kluge, Director of Health Systems and Public Health at WHO Europe, explains in the foreword: ‘Health workers play a critical role in health systems by ensuring sustainability, resilience and the delivery of high-quality services. An effective, well-motivated, appropriately skilled and well-managed health workforce lies at the very heart of this goal.’
Investing in a sustainable health workforce requires long-term action at country and international levels as part of an intersectoral effort. Social third sector and civil society can have an active role as change agents, according to Wemos’ Linda Mans and others.
Read more about our work on health worker mobility