WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning & Research

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The World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research was designated in 2008 and is based at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Centre’s mandate is to build capacity in health systems and needs-based human resources for health (HRH) planning within Canada and internationally, which aligns with the WHO Strategic Objective to Strengthen Health Systems.

Our work aims to support the efforts of countries in the Americas, Africa and elsewhere in their efforts to develop planned, sustainable processes for adapting workforces to the needs of people and changing health systems. Projects are or have been undertaken in Canada, Barbados, Brazil, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Tanzania, and Zambia.

With partner countries’ support and the knowledge and experience of the Centre and its partners, our projects advance PAHO’s and WHO’s commitment to support the global Strategy on Human Resources in Health – Workforce 2030, of which the goal is “to improve health and socioeconomic development outcomes by ensuring universal availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of the health workforce through adequate investments and the implementation of effective policies at national, regional and global levels”.

We believe that the innovative and interactive program of work through partnerships being undertaken in our projects has the potential to transform thinking and inspire future health systems strengthening and HRH planning around the world.