HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT
Human Capital Development is the true asset of any healthcare practice. In Saudi Arabia, both clinical and non-clinical workforce has made great strides from 1951; a year that witnessed the graduation of the first Saudi physician.
Also, we witnessed a substantial growth in the number of medical schools under the Kingdom’s development plans in education. Moreover, the unmatched government support for scholarships in medical science and health science has an estimated cost of at least $5 billion.
However, by looking at the private sector statistics alone, it shows a disproportionately small number of only 4.9% Saudi doctors. This leaves a large room for improvement in training and education to support the next quantum leap in manpower.
Training and education are pillars of achieving short-term and long-term goals. Saudi Arabia should be self-reliant with respect to training programs to accommodate this growing number of Saudis to prevent falling into any future quantity versus quality issues.
Realizing that strengthening the local base of medical education and training should receive as much attention as increasing the proportion of native physicians, HDH and its international partners have taken on the responsibility to plug this market gap.
Training healthcare workers in important principles underpinning such an approach, moving from expert-driven models to more participatory, equity-based, consultative, and preventive approaches to healthcare, would be considered an important supplement. Importantly, it also includes triangulation between research, practice, and policy. This triangulation includes increased understanding of the complexities and systemic factors involved in mobilizing communities and in promoting health-related initiatives.
Currently, foreign workforce is shouldering a large workload in all areas. But on the long-term, well-trained native health professionals will be able to better contribute to their communities and provide culturally appropriate patient care 1 .
1. Mpofu, E. (2015). Community oriented health services: Practices across disciplines. New York: Springer.
HDH affiliated with the best in the field, Cleveland Clinic, to realize the outcome of a successful partnership in the Cleveland Clinic Global Solutions (CCGS).
Healthcare Development Holding (HDH) Company was formed in November 2008 with the objective of developing and providing a wide range of healthcare services while focusing on building local expertise. HDH plans to achieve its goals through the strength of its experienced local staff and international partners.
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