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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Health workforce in the SEE region: the foundation to achieving universal coverage nwith health services, health improvements and economic development

South-eastern Europe Health Network discusses health workforce issues, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 10-11 November 2014


The workshop “Health workforce from challenges to solutions. Shaping the agenda for action in the South-Eastern Europe Health Network countries is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health of Slovenia and co-sponsored by the Technical Programme on Human Resources for Health (HRH) at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen.


The participants of the SEEHN workshop share country experiences and lessons learnt in addressing health workforce challenges in Europe with a focus on health workforce mobility; the start a discussion aimed at developing a SEE Health Network strategy and an action plan on strengthening human resources for health (2014-2020) in line with the SEEHN Decision and the SEE 2020 Strategy; and promote and scale up technical collaboration and knowledge exchange on human resources for health within SEEHN countries and relevant partners.


A sustainable and well-performing health workforce is the backbone of an effective health system. The need to address health workforce challenges in countries and introduce mechanisms to improve and promote relevant health workforce policies is well recognized and stands high on the political agenda of all South-Eastern Europe Health Network Member States.

A commitment to the health workforce development was reaffirmed by several SEE Ministerial forums. In 2013, the SEEHN Regional Health Development Center on human resources for health (SEEHN Health Workforce Observatory) was established, hosted by the Republic of Moldova. Accordingly, strengthening human resources for health has been identified as one of the key strategic actions of the health dimension in the Inclusive Growth Pillar of the recently approved SEE 2020 Strategy “Jobs and Prosperity in the European Perspective.”

In the past few years, the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Commission TAIEX Programme organized and convened a number of technical meetings for policy makers and researchers from SEEHN countries to contribute to the evidence on health workforce in the region, to facilitate exchange of information and experiences gained in countries, and to strengthen national capacity in addressing health workforce challenges.

In November 2014, the SEEHN Regional Health Development Center on HRH, in collaboration with and under the technical guidance of the WHO Regional Office for Europe and with the support of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, is organizing a workshop for national focal points on HRH, policy-makers and researchers dealing with health workforce issues.


The workshop stocks recent evidence on effective health workforce strategies in order to increase technical capacity in SEE Health Network countries and to strategize their collaborative efforts to support effective and sustainable health workforce development in the SEE region.