For the Future: Towards the Healthiest and Safest Region outlines a vision for WHO work with Member States and partners in the Western Pacific. Strong, resilient, sustainable health systems are integral to delivering the four thematic priorities. Up to 60% of people living in some countries in the Region do not have access to safe, quality and affordable health services and medicines. One in five families spend 10% of their income on health care. This threatens individuals, families, communities and economies. DHS will contribute to taking for the vision of, and the hematic priorities in, For the Future. DHS will support Member States with high quality advice and assistance on health financing, health workforce, medical products, quality and safety, law and governance, women and children, rehabilitation, surgery and health services including primary health care so that they can build resilient, responsive and sustainable health systems.
Health Policy and Service Design (HPS):
HPS supports Member States to develop and implement policies, strategies, and plans and service delivery design, including primary health care, to strengthen governance, financing, health workforce in order to ensure access to needed promotive, preventative, curative, rehabilitative and palliative services without financial hardship.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Coordinator, Health Policy and Service Design, with the general guidance of the Director, Health Systems and Services, and in close collaboration with WPRO technical Division Directors:
--> Provide technical advice and support to Member States in the development of evidence-informed health workforce policies, strategies and plans in support of universal health coverage (UHC) and the thematic priorities of the Western Pacific Region Vision Paper.
--> Provide technical advice to Member States for strategic planning of the health workforce in terms of numbers and the skill mix to support long-term transformation of the health system taking into consideration the future health workforce needs and the health labor market dynamics.
--> Provide technical support to Member States to strengthen the availability and use of health workforce data to quantitatively and qualitatively analyze the health workforce situation and generate evidence for policy decisions, including the dissemination of tools and guidelines for the use of Member States and stakeholders.
--> Provide technical assistance to Member States in designing and implementing provider payment mechanisms to improve productivity and increase the availability and accessibility to health workers, especially in underserved areas.
--> Provide technical support to Member States to strengthen systems and processes for the regulation of health professionals with the primary objective of improving quality and safety of health services in support of UHC.
--> Provide technical advice to Member States to strengthen health professional education - through curricula reforms, establishment of quality assurance mechanisms, support to build institutional capacity - to prepare a health workforce with required competencies to address evolving individual and population health needs.
--> Provide technical advice to Member States in the planning, management and delivery of health care with a particular focus on sub-national planning and/or hospital planning and management.
--> Provide technical support to Member States in the development of care pathways including but not limited to NCD care coordination with hospital specialist services (endocrinology, cardiology, etc.) and service delivery networks or variants thereof.
--> Ability to undertake health workforce policy analysis, planning, management, monitoring and evaluation.
--> Ability to apply knowledge of health systems and principles of integrated people-centred service delivery.
--> Ability to synthesize information from multiple sources into coherent and clear policy advice to decision-makers.
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