ECSA-HC Donates Laptops to Tanzania to Strengthen its National Health Workforce Observatory
In recognition of the importance of the Health Workforce Observatories, the Health Ministers of the East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA-HC), passed a Resolution (ECSA/HMC/46/R2) which urged member states to accelerate the establishment and use of National Health Workforce Observatories to improve quality of evidence and information on health workforce and to facilitate informed policy dialogue. The same resolution also urged Member States to conduct assessment of Human Resources for Heath (HRH) units in implementing the various activities and move forward the agenda of strengthening workforce planning and management. A follow up resolution was passed in November 2011, urging member states to strengthen the human resource information system
ECSA-HC Secretariat, supported by USAID/EA and the World Health Organization- African Region (WHO/Afro), conducted a country visit to Tanzania to provide technical support on establishment of health workforce observatories as well as discuss the progress and further development of the national observatory: Recommendations from this visit were:
- To strengthen the HRH working group to function as an HRH Observatory networking by improving the role of the secretariat through providing equipments for data storage and processing and increase the capacity for data analysis, utilization and dissemination
- To develop the HRH Country profile by recruiting a national consultant to develop a draft profile based on the template provided. The draft will be submitted to peer review, thereafter to be validated by the authorities
- To promote and facilitate sharing/access to information and knowledge between/within other sectors/partners through various means such as website, newsletters and policy briefs.
As a way to follow through these recommendations, ECSA-HC commissioned a consultant to compile the country heath profile and also purchased two Laptops for the Directorate of HRH for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. The laptops are to be used for for HRH data storage and processing and increase the capacity for data analysis, utilization and dissemination. It is expected that the laptops will also help to speed up the establishment of the human resource information system, compilation of the country profile and promote data sharing among HRH stakeholders.
The laptops were donated by the ECSA-HC Director General, to the Ministry of Health and Social welfare on 24th April 2012.