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COVID-19 vaccination: Approaches that are ready to scale

February 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am UTC-5

The World Bank

Countries will start vaccinating health workers as one of their first priority populations for the COVID-19 vaccine, but this a daunting task without knowing who they are and where they work. To identify, vaccinate and track this critical priority population effectively, countries need functional, accurate and up-to-date Human Resources for Health Information Systems (HRHIS). HRHIS systems are also essential for the efficient and effective functioning of health systems more broadly, making COVID-19 vaccination investments an important opportunity to strengthen systems beyond this pandemic.

Reliable data on public and private sector health workers, community health workers and ancillary staff is necessary for vaccine targeting and making strategic decisions about health workforce training, recruitment, and deployment. This is particularly important for many of our client countries where they need to maximize the impact of already constrained resources. Unfortunately, HRHIS completeness, accuracy, and usability vary greatly, and countries often do not have a clear understanding of where critical HRHIS bottlenecks exist and what the solutions to those challenges might be.

Please join the Service Delivery Innovation Team on Thursday, February 11 at 10:00 am EST as we explore these issues further. We will hear from Anna Schurmann and Brendan Smith at Vital Wave on a recent multi-country HRHIS assessment and gather insights on how to support countries in developing this essential health system architecture. We also welcome Devan Manharlal, a Senior Program Manager at Jhpiego based in Mozambique, to share successes in the country’s experience improving the capacity of HRHIS as well as Iris Mwanza, Director of Community Health Roadmap, who will reflect on the opportunity to integrate community health workers into registries, planning and operations for a more complete picture of the full frontline workforce.

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For additional information, please contact shift@worldbank.org