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WHPA Positive Practice Environment Campaign

WHPA positive practice environment campaign

Positive Practice Environments

Today's global health workforce crisis is deadly serious. Too many countries have desperate shortages of health care professionals, impacting negatively on patient outcomes and health worker well being. The reasons are complex - but outstanding is the poor quality of most healthcare work environments that are undermining performance and driving health professionals away.

There is another option. Positive practice environments are health care settings that support excellence and decent work. They have the power to attract and retain staff, improve, quality of care, safety, patient satisfaction, and deliver cost-effective services.

We urge all health sector actors – health care professionals, managers, patients, policy makers, and community leaders – to join in commitment and action to create quality workplaces for quality care. Individuals can make a difference locally and together create positive change for regional and international policy and practices.

Key principles of PPE are:

  1. Professional recognition
  2. Management Practices
  3. Support Structures
  4. Occupational Health and Safety
  5. Education

One part of the campaign was a case study in Zambia and Uganda to provide a brief country profile and the human resources for health (HRH) situation including the national HRH strategic plan and health worker data. The case studies dentified as well knowledge gaps in the available data; and offered a set of recommendations related to HR policy, research areas and interventions and strategies to consider in the future.

Partners of this campaign are the five WHPA members together with the International Federation of Hospital Managers IHF with support of the Global health Workforce Alliance GHWA.

More information in English, French and Spanish can be downloaded here:

Incentive systems for health care professionals
Call to Action for PPE2
Fact Sheet_Meeting the information needs
Key Characteristics of PPE for Health Care Professionals.pdf

information in French

Systèmes de mesures incitatives pour professionnels de la santé -Fiche d'information
Pour des environnements favorables à la pratique des professionnels de la santé - Poster
Les environnements favorables à la pratique des professionnels de la santé -Fiche d'information

information in Spanish

Llamamiento a la acción
Entornos positivos para la práctica de los profesionales de salud- cartel
Sistemas de incentivos para los profesionales de atención de salud- página informativa
Entornos positivos para la práctica de los profesionales de atención de salud - página informativa

Contact information

For more information about the WHPA Positive Practice Environment Campaign campaign, please email  

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