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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 and submit manuscripts for consideration by 30 December 2021.



James Buchan, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

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.

Projections of psychiatrists’ distribution for patients in Japan: a utilization-based approach

New Content ItemThis study is the first report on the projection of psychiatrists’ distribution for patients with mental illness in Japan.

The need for increased investment in the Indian health workforce

New Content Itemrecent study explains why India is facing a concerning shortage of workers in the health sector and identifies the need for up-scaling investment in several areas.  You can read more about it in a blog by the first author.

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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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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