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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 77

Exploring the role of health workforce in the attainment of the universal health coverage


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 Submission11-Jun-2019
Date of Acceptance20-Jul-2019
Date of Web Publication02-Jan-2020

Correspondence Address:
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
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DOI: 10.4103/JIHS.JIHS_31_19

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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 2019;7:77

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Dear Editor,

The international leaders have committed their support for accelerating the progress toward the accomplishment of the universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.[1] 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.[1],[2] At the same time, the role of a progressive health workforce in meeting the set targets is indispensable.[2] 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.[3]

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.[2],[3] 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.[2] As a matter of fact, the employment of the health workforce has accounted for a significant improvement in the health indices in heterogeneous settings.[1],[4] 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.[2],[3],[4]

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.[1],[2] 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.[1],[2],[3],[4],[5] 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).[2],[3],[4],[5]

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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There are no conflicts of interest.



 
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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS, Ramasamy J. Strengthening the health workforce to move forward towards universal health coverage and accomplish the 2030 goals. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:305-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
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World Health Organization. Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030. Geneva: World Health Organization Press; 2016. p. 1-14.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Miseda MH, Were SO, Murianki CA, Mutuku MP, Mutwiwa SN. The implication of the shortage of health workforce specialist on universal health coverage in Kenya. Hum Resour Health 2017;15:80.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS, Ramasamy J. World Health Organization appeals for investment in the strengthening of the global health workforce to accomplish financial growth. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:1411-2.  Back to cited text no. 4
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Haileamlak A. How can Ethiopia mitigate the health workforce gap to meet universal health coverage? Ethiop J Health Sci 2018;28:249-50.  Back to cited text no. 5
    




 

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