Low- and middle-income countries strive to align the type and number of health workers available with the evolving health care needs of the population. Three transitions drive demand for health care more than any other factors: economic, demographic, and epidemiologic. For example, a country scaling up its antiretroviral treatment (ART) services to meet HIV targets, needs more nurses and support staff to keep up with demand of an increasing number of patients requiring lifelong ART. Similarly, in countries where life expectancy increases, health workers must have the skills to address the needs of an aging population. To avoid serious health worker shortages and mismatch of skills, decision-makers planning and allocating resources for the health workforce of the future need the tools to match health worker availability with population needs — taking these major changes into account.
Through this activity, HRH2030 will: