I am giving a lecture on the supply of health services this evening in my Health Economics class. It was therefore fitting to receive an email this morning notifying me of the launch of a new website from the World Bank where they have centralized information and resources related to health human resources. You can find this website at www.worldbank.org/hrh.
According to the World Health Report 2006, there are approximately 60 million health workers globally, but despite this there are important shortages and imbalances in the workforce everywhere. As I will try to argue in class today, without human resources there would be no health services, yet it is sometimes easy to forget that health systems are made up of people. Health care is a service industry but despite this human resources are frequently neglected by planners and researchers. It is therefore great to see another site where information on this topic is centralized and made available for others to learnShare on Facebook