The Handbook on Measurement and Monitoring of the Regional Goals for Human Resources for Health is a product of a Regional Task Force, organized and led by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). This Regional Task Force was comprised of experts in data management, analysis, and Human Resources for Health policies, proceeding from various countries and organizations across the Region of the Americas. The Task Force members met in Quito, Ecuador, in 2008 and created this guideline handbook to complement Resolution CSP27/10 of the 27th Pan American Sanitary Conference, “Regional Goals for Human Resources for Health 2007-2015.”
The Handbook presents the rationale, clarifies the terms and defines the indicators for each goal. It is intended as a guide for the Ministries of Health, research groups, and Human Resources Observatory networks to establish the baselines indicators for the goals, and make possible the monitoring of the development in the implementation of Human Resources plans. The purpose of the handbook is to provide a standardized reference document for countries of the Region that clarifies the terms and parameters of each of the twenty goals of PAHO’s Resolution CSP27/10, in order that they may be consistently understood, applied, measured and monitored. As a self-contained technical instruction manual, the handbook is intended to provide a practical tool to guide the identification and definition of initial baseline data to be collected in order to provide a descriptive profile of countries’ human resources for health to facilitate monitoring their progress towards achieving their HRH goals over time.