Human resources

Adequately resourced and appropriately structured human resources are essential for health service provision. Here are projects WCPT is involved in and other useful links.

World Health Organization resources

The World Health Organization provides information on human resource issues, including a Report on policies and practices of countries that are experiencing a crisis in human resources for health and the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.

With the Global Health Workforce Alliance, the WHO held the largest forum on health workforce issues and global health in 2013, resulting in the Recife Political Declaration on Human Resources for Health.  Who has also published important education guidelines, Transformative Education for Health Professionals designed to involve education institutions all over the world in transforming health systems for the better.

Global Health Workforce Alliance

The Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) was created in 2006 to address the chronic critical shortage of health workers worldwide.  It is a partnership of national governments, civil society, international agencies, finance institutions, researchers, educators and professional associations.

GHWA has:

It jointly organised three global forums on human resources for health and details of proceedings can be found at

The World Health Professions Alliance

The WHPA, of which WCPT is a member, has issued a statement on Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, setting down the benefits of ICP and the structures which encourage it.

Prince Mahidol Award Conference

In 2014 the Prince Mahidol Award Conference, an annual international event focusing on policy-related health issues, focused on learning issues related to human health resources. A report summarising the conference's main findings is available for download.


CapacityPlus develops free and open technologies and tools for supporting the health workforce and health workforce monitoring. The tools are consistent with international standards and available in English, French and Portuguese. The ‘Knowledge Library’ includes resources on a range of topics such as global leadership, education and training and work effectiveness.

Human Resources for Health Global Resource Center

The Human Resources for Health Global Resource Center provides a variety of resources including a report from the 2007 conference, A Call to Action: Ensuring Global Human Resources for Health, presenting recommendations on ways to scale up workforces and health systems infrastructure in both developing and developed countries. Webcasts of the plenary sessions from this conference are available.

Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund

The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. They permit professors, researchers and other senior academics to find temporary refuge at universities and colleges around the world, enabling them to pursue their academic work.

International Centre on Nurse Migration

The International Centre on Nurse Migration (ICNM) works to address gaps in policy, research and information with regard to migrant nurse workforce and serves as an international resource for the development, promotion and dissemination of documentation on nurse migration.  It produces ICNM newsletters.

International Organization for Migration

An intergovernmental organisation established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

It has produced a summary report of its Inter-Sessional Seminor on Migration and Human Resources for Health held in 2006.