Health Workforce department within World Health Organisation (WHO) is seeking submissions for the Human Resources for Health supplement issue. This supplement seeks to expand the evidence base on implementation experiences of the Workload Indicators for Staffing Need (WISN) studies carried out in varying settings and the use of the WISN results to aid health workforce planning.
One of the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals aims to substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States. The WHO vision talks of healthier populations where everyone lives healthy, productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live. Health workforce is a crucial component of health services and health systems necessary to achieve Primary Health Care (PHC) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: 2030 aims to reduce the inequities in health workforce distribution and improve employment. WHO strives to build country capacity to plan for the health workforce, which is essential to deliver the required health services. The health crisis situations due to natural disasters, Ebola and the ongoing COVID-19 all call for the importance of evidence-based health workforce planning.
How to submit
This supplement is currently open to new submissions. Submissions should be uploaded to the supplement site https://www.editorialmanager.com/supp/default.aspx and not the main journal submission. Any accepted manuscript will have the Article Processing Charge sponsored by the WHO.
During submission authors should select ‘Workload Indicators for Staffing Need (WISN) methodology for health workforce planning and estimation from the list’, and mention this title in their cover letter. Full manuscripts should be submitted by 1 December 2020. For submission details refer to documents here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/57c3fsxlhu2fl1p/AADuDFnJuz9Kw4woFL4lp9vsa?dl=0.
This supplement will contribute to the ongoing efforts coordinated by the WHO and its partners to build in-country WISN capacity and advocate for the need for evidence-based health workforce planning. We are seeking submissions on a range of topics related to application of the WHO Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) tool including but not limited to the following:
WISN for health workforce planning at national levelWISN for health workforce management at facility levelWISN results used for equitable distribution of health workforce Using WISN to estimate the health workforce needs for specific health services, health epidemics etcLessons learnt and challenges faced in WISN implementationEstablishing and revising staffing norms using the WISN methodologyHealth workforce information systems systematized to address WISN data elements Institutionalizing WISN in health workforce policy and planning
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