Thirty-sixth session

WPR/RC36.R20

Towards Future Health and Medical Manpower: New Strategies in Education for the XXIst Century

         The Regional Committee,

         Having considered the report of the Regional Director on the Conference on "Towards future health and medical manpower: New strategies in education for the XXIst century", held in Tokyo in April 1985;*

         Stressing the importance of the reorientation of health systems towards primary health care through a reorientation of health manpower planning, training and management;

         Recognizing the need to consider the roles and responsibilities of different bodies and person, both inside and outside training institutions in the implementation of changes related to health manpower development;

         Appreciating the need for innovative strategies to enable institutions and bodies responsible for the training and utilization of health personnel to anticipate and meet the future health needs of society;

         Having considered the importance of the guiding principles and courses of action enunciated in the Declaration of Tokyo, adopted by the aforementioned Conference, for the future development of health manpower;

         Recognizing also that the Declaration of Tokyo is a major step in providing a practical framework for the implementation of primary health care;

  1. ENDORSES the Declaration of Tokyo on Health and Medical Manpower for the Twenty-first Century and the Recommendations adopted by the Conference on "Towards future health and medical manpower: New strategies in education for the XXIst century", held in Tokyo in April 1985;
  2. URGES Member States:
    (1) to develop national plans for the reorientation of health manpower development in harmony with a primary health care-oriented health system;
    (2) to design, test and implement information systems to assess the requirements for adequate health manpower development, and to monitor progress in the implementation of health manpower development plans;
    (3) to encourage universities and all training institutions for health personnel, in particular medical schools, to be involved, in close coordination with the ministries concerned, in community health services so as to enhance the relevance of their training and research activities and to contribute to health development;
  3. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to disseminate widely the Declaration of Tokyo adopted by the Conference on "Towards future health and medical manpower: New strategies in education for the XXlst century", held in Tokyo in April 1985. to institutions and bodies able to influence health manpower development in support of a primary health care-oriented system;
    (2) to constitute regional study programmes/task forces to advise on and foster the implementation of strategies to introduce changes in accordance with the Declaration of Tokyo;
    (3) to ensure technical support to Member States or institutions and bodies in the implementation of innovative strategies in the training and management of health personnel for primary health care-oriented health systems, particularly through national and international meetings, exchange of information, advisory services and technical manuals and learning materials;
    (4) to transmit this resolution, together with the Declaration of Tokyo, to the Executive Board through the Director-General so that activities relating to health manpower development can be coordinated and actively pursued at all levels of the Organization.

* WPR/RC36/17

20 September 1985


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