About AAAH


The Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH) is a response to international recognition of the need for global and regional action to strengthen country planning and action on health workforce system. As of 2019, it has 18 members including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. There are 5 priority actions: HRH advocacy, information monitoring, capacity strengthening, knowledge generation, and technical coordination.


11th AAAH Webinar Series 2020 “Addressing Health Care Workers’ Challenges in Response to COVID-19: sharing experiences and drawing countries’ lessons” during August – November, 2020.

Webinar 1: Mobilizing surge capacity of health care workers in response to COVID-19 pandemic More details

Webinar 2: Occupational risk protection of health care workers More details

Next Webinar

Webinar 3: National experiences on preservice health professional training in the context of school closures due to COVID19 pandemic and HCW inservice and graduate training for effective response to public health emergencies    

Host: WPRO


Date and time: Friday 9 October 2020; 18.00-19:30h Bangkok time (UTC+7)

You can check local times for the webinar where you are.

Main issues:  

COVID-19 pandemic has led to the development of extraordinary circumstances in most countries of the world. Like many other sectors, education sector has been among the very first ones to suffer from the impact of COVID-19 with the closure of educational institutions at all levels, including health professions education institutions. This has led to disruption of teaching and learning activities, interruption in the completion of their curricula, disruptions in exams. In many countries medical institutions have started making efforts to resume education as much as possible through various means. Rapid transition from traditional methods of teaching and learning to online teaching methods has raised challenges and concerns about the completion of curricula, clinal and practical training, assessment as well as quality education.

In the meantime many countries are facing shortage of health professionals with core public health and clinical skills for rapid COVID-19 response. Several key competencies are required for a multidisciplinary health workforce to deliver effective disease control and health care services under the new normal, for example, contact tracing, infection prevention and control, risk communications, acute care management, palliative care, and telemedicine, etc.  Drawing from the lessons of the pandemic, there is an urgent need to review the existing national health workforce education and capacity building strategies, identify gaps in current health education core competency package, and discuss can to improve health workforce education and training systems to fit for effective public health emergency response in the future.


  • To identify the challenges and good practice of various innovative modalities and approaches implemented to ensure continuity of health professional education during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • To understand and identify gaps in the existing public health and clinical competency training across various health professions drawing upon lessons from the COVID-19 response;
  • To explore future direction of the core skill mix required and adaptive health professional education methods for effective and resilient response to public health emergencies.



Policy makers, national IMST members, Officials from Ministries of Health, Higher Education and subnational health departments, researchers, health professional education institutions.


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This session will be conducted by Zoom Webinar Application.  In order to have a pleasant experience during the virtual session, it is highly recommended that all speakers and participants download and install Zoom (Client for meetings) from the following link https://zoom.us/download

The zoom webinar session is limited only 500 attendees and the attendee can also view the session via YouTube or Facebook. However, those joining via Facebook or YouTube will not able to join the Q&A Session.


Thank you and best regards,

AAAH Secretariat