WHO supports finalization of the action plan of the Bangladesh Health Workforce Strategy

Health workforce has become a major concern and a significant health policy issue in Bangladesh. To address the issue, Human Resource Management (HRM) Unit, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) developed and finalized the country’s Health Workforce Strategy in 2015. The strategy focuses on five major thematic areas related to the health workforce i.e. health workforce planning, capacity development, recruitment, retention of the workforce, performance management and health workforce information system. HRM Unit with technical support from WHO Bangladesh is currently finalizing the action plan of the strategy. The finalization process includes formation of a technical working group, stakeholder’s consultation at national and divisional levels, and drafting of the final action plan.

The HRM Unit recently organized four divisional level workshops with participants from government and non-government officials in Mymensingh, Sylhet, Sirajganj and Patuakhali on the dissemination of the health workforce strategy and the development of the action plan. The workshop also addressed key health workforce challenges and created awareness on the proposed strategies among stakeholders.

The proposed action plan of the strategy covers a period of five years from 2017-2022, articulating the next steps, timeline and the distribution of the key responsibilities. It is also aligned with the 4th Health Sector Program to operationalize the proposed strategies. It has the provision to review and update on periodic basis.

Upon approval, the successful implementation of the plan will significantly contribute towards country’s commitment of achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2030.