|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 77
Exploring the role of health workforce in the attainment of the universal health coverage
Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava1, Prateek Saurabh Shrivastava2
1 Vice-Principal Curriculum, Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet Taluk, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet Taluk, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Submission||11-Jun-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||20-Jul-2019|
|Date of Web Publication||02-Jan-2020|
Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet Taluk, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu - 603 1
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Exploring the role of health workforce in the attainment of the universal health coverage. J Integr Health Sci 2019;7:77
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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Exploring the role of health workforce in the attainment of the universal health coverage. J Integr Health Sci [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Feb 29];7:77. Available from: http://www.jihs.in/text.asp?2019/7/2/77/274531
The international leaders have committed their support for accelerating the progress toward the accomplishment of the universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. This essentially requires the provision of quality assured population-centered care free of stigma and discrimination, empowerment and engagement of the community, elimination of gender-based violence, promotion of international commitment, and encouragement of innovations to ensure the wide reach of the services., At the same time, the role of a progressive health workforce in meeting the set targets is indispensable. In addition, the health workforce plays a major role in ensuring the financial growth of a nation, especially by reducing the unnecessary expenses and by minimizing the burden on the public health sector.
It is quite obvious that the health systems cannot work efficiently without the health workers and thus for bringing about an improvement in the health service coverage, the health workforce has a vital role to play., Even in the settings of humanitarian emergencies, the health workforce plays a major role in improving the resilience of the communities and the health systems. As a matter of fact, the employment of the health workforce has accounted for a significant improvement in the health indices in heterogeneous settings., However, despite all these facts, the global investment in the health workforce is quite less than what is expected, as a result of which the sustainability of the health workforce and health system is compromised big time.,,
At the same time, there is a need to strengthen political will and to simultaneously mobilize resources so that health-care delivery systems can be strengthened., All these challenges can be tackled through the promotion of operational research to formulate evidence-based policies, encouraging sharing of best practices, and ensure the promotion of technical cooperation for health workers at different levels.,,,, In addition, guidance of the policymakers with an aim for capacity building by emphasizing on various issues (namely planning and management of the human resources).,,,
In conclusion, in order to realize the right to the enjoyment of optimal health, the availability, accessibility, and acceptability of a health workforce are a crucial link, and thus, we have to strengthen the same for the attainment of the universal health coverage.
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