208733 Experiences Using Technology for Estimating Workforce Resource Requirements

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 3:42 PM

Dessi Dimitrova , Results For Development Institute, Washington, DC 20009, DC
Human resources for health (HRH) represent the largest cost element in providing health services in low income countries. Yet, there is limited information on the costs associated with training, hiring, retaining, deploying and managing HRH.

The Resource Requirement Tool (RRT) was developed to help countries estimate and project the costs and expenditures necessary for scaling up the education and employment of the health work force. RRT is an easy to use excel-based technology that enables countries to

estimate and project the resources required for meeting their HRH plans; analyze the plans' affordability; simulate “what if” scenarios; facilitate the monitoring of scale up plans; and contribute to the development of the costing components of Human Resource Management Information Systems. The RRT has three modules: 1) Employment, which estimates cost of recruiting,

employing, retaining and deploying countries' health workforce. It also takes stock of countries' private sector HRH and forecasts the demand for HRH in the private sector; 2) Pre-service training (PST), which estimates the cost and expenditures associated with scaling up countries' pre-service training capacity. It also takes stock of countries' private sector PST capacity; (3) Affordability, which estimates countries' resource needs and compares it against the resource availability. Users of the RRT are guided through the modules and prompted to fill out employment and PST data in specific places. The tool then estimates and projects the employment,

PST and affordability outputs. Thus far, the tool was used in Liberia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique, and the Philippines by each countries' respective Ministries of Health in collaboration with various development partners including the World Bank, DFID and USAID. The RRT was developed by the Financing Taskforce (FTF) of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) at the World Health Organization (WHO).

Learning Objectives:
The objective is twofold: (1) to provide an overview of the tool for costing human resources for health so that participants to estimate costs and expenditures necessary for scaling up the education and employment of their health workforce; (2) to share the experiences from costing HRH around the world

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dessi Dimitrova is a Program Officer focusing on health workforce financing. She has professional experiences with Dalberg Global Development Advisors as an Associate where she helped set up the global ACT subsidy (AMFm), the World Bank as a Junior Professional and McKinsey & Company as a Business Analyst where among other topics she worked on health care financing. Dimitrova has field experience in over 15 countries where she conducted projects for various multilateral and bilateral agencies and for national governments. Dimitrova holds Masters Degrees in Public Affairs (2006) and in Urban and Regional Planning (2006) from Princeton University and a B.A. (2000) in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.