World Health Organisation

World Health Organisation

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) was jointly commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UK’s Department of Health (DH) to provide workforce modelling support to the three main Ebola affected countries in Africa - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. 

The work had four main objectives to aid the African nations facing Ebola outbreaks. These were:

  • To assist decision-makers to think strategically about the workforce needed to build resilience as well as the needs of their respective populations now and for the future.
  • To enable the provision of a needs-based modelling view of the Ebola affected countries.
  • To work with stakeholders and the WHO to develop and deliver technical, costed plans on health systems recovery for each of the three countries.
  • To develop a method for strengthening health systems in light of workforce constraints, including future resilience planning and stress-testing for any country. 

The CfWI used its Robust Workforce Planning Framework methodology to develop and iterate this project working closely with the WHO and DH throughout.

The process was led by the international team, Matt Edwards, Head of Horizon Scanning and International, and Dr Graham Willis, Head of Research and Development, who have extensive experience working on global projects including the EU Joint Action for Health Workforce Planning initiative, which the CfWI leads on behalf of the DH.