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  • Writer's pictureLinda Mans

Driving the health workforce investment agenda; an independent review

The findings of an independent end-of-project review of the Working for Health five-year action plan for health employment and inclusive economic growth (2017–2021) Working for Health Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) over the first action plan period are released.



I have conducted the review based on the evaluation criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. It was commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO has developed and implemented the Working for Health project jointly with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).


The review also looks to the future of sustaining investment and support for implementation of subsequent projects under the new Working for Health 2022–2030 Action Plan and its MPTF, which was extended by Member States at the Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly in May 2022.


Follow-up of the 2021 review

In 2021 I was part of the independent team of the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, that conducted a review and presented policy options for the continuation of the W4H programme agenda in 2022 and beyond. It was aimed at Member States, development partners, key stakeholders, international financing institutions, and all other constituencies with a broad influence and interest in driving the health workforce policy, advocacy and investment agenda. Its findings considered the COVID-19 pandemic, the evolution of the health workforce agenda, and shifting economic policy priorities.


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