Vital Wave partnered with IntraHealth International and Cooper/Smith to identify concrete opportunities for low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) to better design, plan, and manage their health workforce. The initial focus of the assessment, made possible by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was a scoping across twenty countries globally to identify what is in place as well as the contextual factors that shape the health workforce information ecosystem environment. Deep dive research in Burkina Faso, Mozambique, and Uganda focused on how the health workforce information ecosystems were working in a variety of country scenarios. The assessment team mapped the administrative processes and data flows for three use cases to identify bottlenecks and promising “bright spots”: recruitment and deployment, salary payments, and performance management. This assessment has addressed an important gap in terms of understanding what good looks like in terms of Human Resource Information System (HRIS) functionality in LMIC contexts. While many countries lack an accurate sense of the composition, location, and performance of their health workforce, there are also various pathways to success described in the report. The recommendations build upon existing efforts at the global and country levels to strengthen HRIS, and to guide further investments towards stronger health systems.
View full report: HRH Assessment Final Report
View select documents including the report summary, case studies, and lessons learned below: