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The abiding, hidden, and pervasive centrality of the health research workforce

Human Resources for Health calls for papers on 'The abiding, hidden, and pervasive centrality of the health research workforce'.

This Collection calls for papers that go beyond narrow conceptual approaches and professional understandings of health care workers and the health research workforce, and requests that contributors examine important workforce issues through the broad lens of research for health and development within a sustainable development goals framework. Image credit: © Mikhaylovskiy /

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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; the Call is now closed for  uncommissioned articles.

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, National School of Public Health, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal

Developing a community of practice framework for using artificial intelligence for health workforce training

Figure 2 Human Resources for Health volume 21 article number 45 © Frehywot, S., Vovides, Y.The authors propose that (and suggest a framework for) partnerships among various national, regional, and global stakeholders involved directly or indirectly with health workforce training, need to be developed in ways that enable the formation of an equitable and sustainable Communities of Practice to address the use of artificial intelligence for global health workforce training.  Read more...

Attracting adolescents to become doctors and nurses

DoGlobe \ public domain \ © public domain \ and nurses play a fundamental role in maintaining global health systems and achieving universal health care coverage. However, significant shortages persist, and little is known about the popularity of these careers among young people in various economies or the relative impact of personal inputs and contextual factors.  Read more....  

Development of the WHO eye care competency framework

TEye © ROTFLOLEB (CC BY-SA 3.0)/ © © ROTFLOLEB (CC BY-SA 3.0)/ eye care workforce, particularly in lower resource settings, face challenges of limited integration into the health system, limited workforce capacity, mismatch of workforce to population need and poor quality of care. These challenges and the gap in existing tools, provide a strong rationale for the development of the Eye care competency framework.  Read more...

Article collections and supplements

The primary care medical workforce crisis in the European region: a call for evidence and analysis papers on causes, impacts, and solutions

The abiding, hidden, and pervasive centrality of the health research workforce

Optimizing the contributions of the nursing and midwifery workforces

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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.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 3.9
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 4.7
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 2.076
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.577

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 27
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 189

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 1,835,399
    Altmetric mentions: 2,062