Implementing the Agenda for Global Action on human resources for health: Analysis from an international tracking survey

Sophie Witter

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Objective: A survey was conducted to analyse the governance and policy environment for human resources for health
(HRH) development in 57 priority countries, with the objective of understanding the linkages between policy and context
Methods: Responses to a questionnaire tracking proxy indicators were received from 51 (89%) countries. Findings are
presented by frequency; correlations were investigated through cross tabulations and multiple regression analysis.
Results: The results indicate uneven performance among countries and across different domains of health workforce
development. The only indicator showing a significant correlation with other areas of performance was implementing an
HRH plan. No significant correlation with contextual factors was found.
Discussion: Progress in addressing HRH challenges appears to be independent of contextual factors, suggesting that
countries can improve their performance through concerted action by stakeholders. Having and implementing an HRH
plan appears to be a key factor in galvanising that action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-87
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Hospital Administration
Issue number1
Early online date9 Dec 2012
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013



  • health manpower
  • developing countries
  • review
  • progress report

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