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[Correspondence] Human resources for health: a new narrative

Countries worldwide have had profound and pervasive challenges in human resources for health. During the past two decades, several international reports (including WHO’s Global Health Workforce Alliance, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s reports) have identified policy issues and solutions to achieve a robust health workforce. On the basis of these reports, governments have made substantial investments. Many of the investments and most of the work has focused on addressing concerns about the numbers of skilled health workers (ie, midwives, nurses, physicians, and community health workers) without any investigation into the health needs of the population, the quality and efficiency of the health workforce, and the resulting requirements of the health system.