Policy brief 8. Workforce projections: Participatory update of the Philippine human resources for health master plan

This policy brief presents the results of a project which involved a data mapping exercise to identify human resources for health indicators, exploration of alternative workforce projection models, development and testing of the model. Sustained efforts are advocated to expand the workforce projections to other health workers and secure the strategic and continuous participation of the HRH Network.

Confronted by increasing trends of migration among Filipino health professionals and its negative impact upon the country's public health system, the Department of Health (DOH) developed the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Master Plan (2005-2030) in 2005, assisted by the World Health Organization (WHO). In the planning process, workforce projections for various health professions, based on the Gaston model, helped determine the Philippine health service requirements for the next year.