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Featured Supplement: Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) methodology

WISN logoWe are delighted to announce the publication of a new supplement on "Countries' experiences on implementing WISN methodology for health workforce planning and estimation". The WHO Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) tool can provide supportive data and evidence to to enable efficient health workforce planning for effective service delivery. This supplement describes the application of WISN in a range of countries and contexts.


Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030

New Content ItemIn May 2016 the “Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030” (the “Global Strategy”) was adopted by the 69th World Health Assembly. The Global Strategy identified a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030, primarily in low- and middle-income countries. In response, we are calling for submissions to our new thematic series Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 – A Five-Year Check-In. This will bring together new evidence and insights demonstrating measurable results toward universal health coverage through HRH policies and investments. This article collection provides a five-year check-in.

Please read the full aims and scope of the collection here; the Call is now closed for  uncommissioned articles.

Article collections and supplements

Optimizing the contributions of the nursing and midwifery workforces

Optimizing gender equity in health workforce policy and planning

Workload Indicators for Staffing Need

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Aims and scope

Human Resources for Health welcomes manuscripts on all aspects of the planning, education, management and governance of human resources for health – particularly those of international relevance and global reach.


Inês Fronteira, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Portugal

Practice and its predictors of health professionals’ licensing in Ethiopia

Flag of Ethiopia from wikimedia commons © Flag of Ethiopia from wikimedia commonsThe licensing of health practitioners was poorly practiced in Ethiopia. A system for detecting fake licenses and controlling revoked licenses does not exist in all regions of the country. Read more...

Women’s contribution to medicine in Bahrain

The authors hiFlag of Bahrain from wikimedia commons © Flag of Bahrain from wikimedia commonsghlight the increasing trend of women’s participation and contribution to medicine in Bahrain. Different fields show different gender balances, with continued growth in the number of female medical students and physicians.  Read more... 

The mental effects of COVID-19-related work on depression among CHWs in Vietnam

Flag of Vietnam from wikimedia commons © Flag of Vietnam from wikimedia commonsA substantial increase was found in overall depression levels among community health workers (CHWs) in Vietnam due to their COVID-19 related work, and a particularly worrisome rise in CHWs suffering from severe depression. Read more...

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Editor's profile

James Buchan, Editor-in-Chief

Prof. Buchan has specialized in health workforce policy and analysis throughout his career. His background includes periods as a senior Human Resources manager in the National Health Service in Scotland; senior policy analyst at the Royal College of Nursing, (RCN), UK; and as a specialist adviser to Health Workforce Australia, a federal government agency. More recently he has completed a contract as Senior Adviser- Human Resources for Health, WHO European Region.

He continues to work extensively as a policy researcher and consultant on HRH issues in Europe, Asia and the Pacific. Prof. Buchan has academic appointments in Europe and as Adjunct Professor at University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Health Foundation, UK.

Accreditation of education and regulation of practice

New Content ItemWell-functioning regulatory mechanisms, such registration, licensing and certification bodies, and accreditation processes can strengthen the quality and performance of the health workforce, especially in a context of increasing international mobility of health workers. In response to this, we are delighted to publish a thematic series on Health workforce: Accreditation of education and regulation of practice.

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