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.




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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