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dc.contributor.author Beaglehole, R.
dc.contributor.author Poz, M.R.D
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-20T06:19:05Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-20T06:19:05Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation Beaglehole, R., & Dal Poz, M. R. (2003). Public health workforce: challenges and policy issues. Human Resources for Health, 1(1), 4.
dc.identifier.issn 4491-1-4
dc.identifier.issn 1478-4491-1-4
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/505
dc.description.abstract This paper reviews the challenges facing the public health workforce in developing countries and the main policy issues that must be addressed in order to strengthen the public health workforce. The public health workforce is diverse and includes all those whose prime responsibility is the provision of core public health activities, irrespective of their organizational base. Although the public health workforce is central to the performance of health systems, very little is known about its composition, training or performance. The key policy question is: Should governments invest more in building and supporting the public health workforce and infrastructure to ensure the more effective functioning of health systems? Other questions concern: the nature of the public health workforce, including its size, composition, skills, training needs, current functions and performance; the appropriate roles of the workforce; and how the workforce can be strengthened to support new approaches to priority health problems. The available evidence to shed light on these policy issues is limited. The World Health Organization is supporting the development of evidence to inform discussion on the best approaches to strengthening public health capacity in developing countries. WHO's priorities are to build an evidence base on the size and structure of the public health workforce, beginning with ongoing data collection activities, and to map the current public health training programmes in developing countries and in Central and Eastern Europe. Other steps will include developing a consensus on the desired functions and activities of the public health workforce and developing a framework and methods for assisting countries to assess and enhance the performance of public health training institutions and of the public health workforce. en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseries Human Resources for Health;1:4
dc.subject Public health workforce en_GB
dc.title Public health workforce: challenges and policy issues en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB


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