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Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 – A Five-Year Check-In

Edited by Ayat Abu Agla, Jim Campbell and Michelle McIsaac

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In May 2016, the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 (the “Global Strategy” was adopted by the 69th World Health Assembly.  The Global Strategy identified a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030, primarily in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), to attain high and effective coverage of the broad range of health services necessary to ensure healthy lives for all.

This thematic series in Human Resources for Health aims to:

  1. Contribute to a five-year progress report since the 2016 adoption of the Global Strategy by identifying empirical evidence on the application of the policy options outlined in the Global Strategy, aligning with the strategy’s four objectives.
  2. Apply the Global Strategy’s monitoring and accountability framework to assess progress on milestones (as identified in Annex 3 of the Global Strategy), including highlighting relevant actions contributing to the milestones in national policies, strategies and frameworks, as relevant to context.
  3. Identify evidence of investments in health workforce capacity and capability on improved universal health coverage and population health outcomes.
  4. Identify lessons learned and innovations in the development and implementation of Human Resources for Health policies and programs.

Please read the full aims and scope of the collection here.

The Call is now closed for uncommissioned articles. This collection will undergo the journal’s normal peer review process and be subject to an article-processing charge (APC).  Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. During submission, please make sure that the correct collection title is chosen at the 'Additional Information' step. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for this collection.

The Editors declare no competing interests. The APCs for select commissioned manuscripts have been funded by the WHO.

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