Aug 092012

Civil Society conducts a three-day workshop on advocacy on human resources for health started from today in Kathmandu. Due to the lack of skilled health workers, poor retention of available workforce and widening rural-urban health, Nepal is facing serious challenges on health sectors. The training aims on to solve such challenges.

Additionally, low productivity and rampant absenteeism of health workers, particularly in rural areas ails the 31,500-strong health workforce.

According to WHO, Nepal is one of the 59th countries having critical shortage of skilled human resources on health sector. The MDG Needs Assessment 2010 states that Nepal requires additional 2,448 medical doctors, 3,418 nurses and 9,202 paramedical staff to deliver minimum level of medical services to the population to meet the millennium development goals. The government’s draft strategy on human resources for health admits that two-thirds of HRH are working in the Kathmandu Valley or in other cities, leaving rural areas generally under-staffed, with absenteeism a growing problem.

Over the three-day workshop, facilitators and participants will discuss HRH issues at both the national and local levels and come up with strategic advocacy plans to encourage the government to take action to resolve several problems facing the country’s human resources for health.

Save the Children Country Director for Nepal Brian J Hunter said, “The poor situation of human resources for health calls for two approaches: formulation of new HRH policy based on evidence and strict enforcement of the existing rules and regulations. And the role of civil society to work as a watchdog in this connection is crucial.”