Technical consultation on the draft public health training and management of health services in Gabon
Brazzaville, Congo 27-28 August 2013
The WHO Regional Office has been requested by the Government of Gabon to provide a technical assistance in training on public health and management of health services to meet the needs of the health system. Gabon is planning to establish a Public health training and management of health services leading to a Master Degree. The course is expected to begin in 2014.
The Gabonese authorities with the support of WHO Regional Office developed the first draft of documents relating to the curriculum.
Following this, WHO AFRO organized from 27-28 August 2013 in Brazzaville, a wider technical consultation to finalize the technical documents and discuss the organisation of the training. The consultation involved renowned personalities in the field of public health from the African Region, France and Portugal. This consultation was also attended by the Ministry of Public Health of Gabon and The Regional Director of WHO Regional Office.
The National Health Workforce Observatory of DRC was officially launched on 11 June 2013 in Kinshasa by the Minister of Public Health, His Excellency Dr. Felix KABANGE in the presence of Representative of JICA and the Acting Representative of WHO in DRC. Also present at this ceremony were the General Directors, Partners, Members of the Observatory and Representatives of other sectors such as Education, Public Service, Finance, Defense, Private sector and professional health associations including individual health workers.
The Observatory was presented by Mr. Ngumbu Epiphane, Director of Human Resources for Health Department. He highlighted the process followed since 2009 to come up with the Observatory and presented its objectives, main functions and its added value. In addition, he warmly thanked all actors involved in the project especially WHO, GAVI and JICA for their technical and financial support. Thereafter, the Representative of JICA and Acting Country Representative of WHO in DRC made their remarks and congratulated the Government for launching this important tool for policy dialogue and HRH information strengthening.
The Minister of Public Health in his speech stressed in particular that "the issue of human resources for health is even more complex and the actors in the sector are numerous with diversified modes of intervention, with fragmented and inaccessible information. In this regard, the possible solutions must necessarily be multisectoral. The establishment of an Observatory for Human Resources for Health stems from this fact. In this regard, the Observatory will contribute to strengthening the coordination between the various stakeholders, as well as the production and sharing of information in order to develop policies and plans and improve practices in human resources ". The establishment of the Observatory is the manifestation of the political will to search for appropriate solutions to the various issues and challenges of human resources for health that go beyond the purview of the Ministry of Health.
Among the events marking the ceremony, there was also the cutting of the symbolic ribbon by the Minister of Public Health to inaugurate the premises of the Technical Secretariat of the Observatory and its website (www.minisante-rhs.cd).
The National Health Workforce Observatory of DRC is considered as a mechanism to facilitate the development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of HRH policies, strategies and plans in the country through the production, sharing and promotion of the use of HRH information for decision making. The Observatory has a Steering Committee, a Technical Committee and a Technical Secretariat which is housed within the Directorate of HRH of the Ministry of Public Health to optimize its functionality.
At Regional level, the creation of national observatories is still an ongoing process. The Regional Road map on scaling up the capacity of the Health Workforce in Africa adopted by the 62nd Regional Committee in 2012, recommends that all countries in the Region should establish their national health workforce Observatories by 2015. The DRC is the 14th country in the African Region to establish such National Health Workforce Observatories. About a dozen other countries are still in the process of setting up their observatories.
For more details, visit the web site of the DRC Observatory: www.minisante-rhs.cd
Regional Committee 62 adopts Road map on Human Resources for Health
- Strengthening health workforce leadership and governance capacity;
- Establishing or Strengthening HRH regulatory capacity;
- Scaling up education and training of health workers with appropriate skills mix;
- Optimizing the utilization, retention and performance of the active health workforce;
- Improving health workforce information and generation of evidence for decision making
- Strengthening health workforce dialogue and partnership.
36 countries in the African Region have a health human resources crisis and 10 of these face critical shortages. This acute shortage of skilled health works means that most countries are unable to avail appropriately skilled health workers in the right quantity where they are needed.
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