Health Workforce

Subhead: Help us build local capacity to meet local health needs.

A strong health workforce is critical to a country’s resilience against natural and human-made disasters. Since 2011, Jhpiego has educated or mentored more than 260,000 health care workers globally—creating a lifeline for communities and bringing much-needed care to women and families in the developing world.

How We Make an Impact

Develop country-specific strategies
All countries’ health care needs differ. To determine the health needs of our partner countries, Jhpiego works to identify issues and gaps in workforce education and practice. This process—called task analysis—compares the knowledge and skills required to perform an activity with a health care worker’s training, confidence, and competence in conducting it. Jhpiego has used task analysis to target health worker training to community needs in countries such as Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Myanmar and Zambia. 
Strengthen health care education
A trained, knowledgeable and prepared workforce is crucial to delivering quality health care to where it is needed. Throughout its history, Jhpiego has supported the local health workforce in its partner countries to provide integrated, client-centered and high-quality health services. Our pre-service education efforts build competency through practical skills and feedback. In-service education efforts seek out innovative approaches, such as mobile apps and eLearning, to deliver training to health care workers without taking them from the people they serve.
Improve health worker deployment and retention
To be effective, a health workforce needs more than training and motivation; it needs systems to ensure that health workers are deployed where they are most needed. Managing an effective health workforce requires an expert human resources team. Health resource information systems can help direct deployment and facility spacing decisions, identify quality management issues, and determine training and professional development needs. Jhpiego works with human resources management staff and ministries of health to develop and strengthen such systems and expand expertise.
Support health professions regulation
Health professions regulation, which includes professional licensure, certification, educational accreditation and continued professional development, is key to ensuring the quality of the health workforce and protecting the public. Jhpiego has strengthened the health professions regulatory systems in countries such as Lesotho, Ethiopia, Liberia, Myanmar, India and Ghana. To learn more about these efforts, see “Leadership and Governance.”

Did you know?

  • Worldwide health priorities, such as ending AIDS, TB, and malaria, and reducing maternal and newborn deaths, require not only hiring more health workers, but also training them to meet the health needs of their country’s population.1
  • Countries that invest in their health workforce can realize a 9:1 return on investment.2
  • If current trends continue, by 2030, the world will face a shortage of 18 million health workers—a critical link in the delivery of essential health services, particularly in low resource countries.3


CTA: Support our work to build sustainable futures for countries through their health care workers. 





WHO Workforce 2030 infographic: