Bangladesh undertakes steps to assess health labour dynamics

Dhaka, 17 May 2018 – A Health Labour Market Analysis (HLMA) has been initiated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in Bangladesh with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) Bangladesh. The analysis will help the Government to better understand the labour dynamics and shape policies that will improve population access to health care.

A health labour market analysis is also an effective framework to support evidence based allocation of the health workforce considering the skills of the people and needs of health facilities and patients, thus ensuring better and timely health care.

The analysis started with a workshop organized by Human Resource Branch, Health Services Division, MoHFW, Government of Bangladesh with technical support from WHO.

The event aimed at defining the concepts related to HLMA, identifying the policies that are going to be assessed as well as the next steps of the analysis. The particular points of interest for the analysis will be the training programs of health workers, including their quantity and quality as well as the professional route of the their graduates; policies regarding creation of new positions in the public and private health sectors; assessing the interactions between formal and informal health sectors in Bangladesh. At the end of the analysis, Bangladesh will be better equipped with tools and processes that can be institutionalized for regular planning and projections of its health workforce.

Following the event, detailed methodology to be applied for the analysis will be developed.

Bangladesh is the second country in the region after Sri Lanka where a HLMA has been initiated. This shows the country’s commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.