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Support to the National Development Plan of Human Resources for Health

Start up of a new project in Mozambique for DANIDA: "Support to the National Development Plan of Human Resources for Health"

Started January 1st 2010

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In Mozambique, quantitative and qualitative shortfalls, and regional asymmetries in terms of health workers, represent the principal barrier to sustainability and expansion of the improvement in health indicators which the country has achieved in recent years.

In order to respond to these challenges and constraints, the Ministry of Health (MISAU), with the support of external co-operation partners, has developed a plan which is wide-ranging and ambitious—yet realistic—for human resource development in the health sector (National Health Human Resource Development Plan 2008-2015 - PNDRHS). The plan includes the national priorities identified in the National Health Policy and in the current Strategic Plan for the Health Sector, and will provide continuity to the previous human resource development plans of 1992-2002, 2001-2010 and 2006-2010.

DANIDA is supporting the PNDRHS by providing technical assistance to realise the plan. AEDES is implementing the project, in partnership with CECO-CI, since January 1st and for a 3 year period. AEDES has mobilised 3 technical assistants, such as 1) one team leader specialised in Human Resources management in the health sector 2) one Specialist for Management, Finance and Incentives and 3) one Specialist for Monitoring, Evaluation and Research.

The PNDRHS has identified four strategic lines of approach, identified and characterised within four packages:

  • Organize NHS services and normative framework;
  • Improve management capacity at all levels of the NHS;
  • Improve HHR distribution, motivation, and retention;
  • Increase capacity of the initial production, post-graduate training, and in-service training networks.

In the frame of this approach, the team's mission is to contribute to:

  • Build the capacity of individual managers, regulators, service managers, and providers, i.e., support procurement and improvement in terms of expertise, competencies, and attitudes;
  • Strengthen organizational capacities, e.g., the operation of information systems; monitoring, supervision, and evaluation processes; the availability of management; decision support; and resource mobilization tools;
  • Develop professional and financial subsidies and incentives packages to stimulate the performance of all cadres and to mobilize individual and institutional willingness to support the achievement of the proposed objectives and targets; and
  • Create an adequate institutional environment through changes in the legal and regulating framework to facilitate attainment of the proposed targets.