by Petra ten Hoope-Bender, Andrea Nove, Laura Sochas et al.
Human Resources for Health, 2017 15:46 – Published: 4 July 2017
There is a need to move beyond universal benchmarks for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health (SRMNAH) workforce planning, by taking into account demography and epidemiology. The number and range of workers needed varies according to context. Allocation of tasks according to health worker competencies represents an efficient way to allocate resources and maximise quality of care, and therefore will be useful for countries working towards sustainable development goals (SDGs) targets. Midwives/nurse-midwives who are educated according to established global standards can meet 90% or more of the need, if they are part of a wider team operating within an enabled environment. In this paper, the authors aim to provide proof of concept for a new method of workforce planning which takes into account these variations, and allocates tasks to SRMNAH workers according to their competencies, so countries can assess not only the needed size of the SRMNAH workforce, but also its ideal composition (the ‘Dream Team’).