New Tool Helps Countries Assess Health Worker Data Sources and Uses
Countries need accurate health worker data in order to develop effective human resources for health (HRH) policies. A new diagnostic tool from the World Health Organization (WHO) helps policy makers gather information on the uses, type, and quality of HRH data available in countries at the institutional level. This information can be used to develop policies and identify resources for strengthening human resources information systems (HRIS). Dykki Settle, the iHRIS project team leader, contributed to the development of this resource through the WHO Health Workforce Information Reference Group (HIRG). The HIRG based this resource on the assessment tool included in the HRIS Strengthening Implementation Toolkit.
WHO and the Centers for Disease Control have been using the new tool to develop HRIS requirements in Rwanda, Guatemala, and Nigeria. In turn, this work is serving to strengthen CapacityPlus's iHRIS health workforce information software and tools.