Recent health statistics in Jordan show progress in people’s access to and use of essential health services, including maternity and antenatal care and family planning. However, significant shortfalls remain in the quality of services, resulting in poorer health outcomes in Jordan compared to other countries in the region with similar levels of health expenditures. According to Jordan’s National Human Resources for Health Strategy 2018-2022, a key barrier to quality is the absence of a national continuing professional development (CPD) system.
Acting on the recommendations of the strategy, the Government of Jordan has mandated relicensing of health care professionals – with the stipulation that to renew their licenses, health professionals must complete a minimum number of CPD hours every five years. By 2023, an estimated 200,000 health care workers representing 43 professions will have to complete CPD for license renewal.
What We’re Doing
LHSS supports the Government of Jordan’s efforts to institutionalize a mandatory continuing professional development system to improve health care professionals’ competencies to deliver quality health services. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH), we will develop the capacity of relevant MOH departments and key national institutions to lead and manage all CPD activities by:
- Supporting efforts to update the existing database of licensed health care providers, which will help the MOH identify anyone practicing without a license
- Facilitating revisions of licensing renewal requirements for health association memberships
- Helping design an electronic licensing platform that will enable electronic relicensing applications, among other features
- Increasing private sector engagement to fill gaps identified in the number of CPD providers and courses
Who This Helps
Our work will benefit all Jordanians in need of quality essential health services, including women, men, adolescents, and children in both urban and rural areas.
COVID-19 UPDATE: With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, LHSS began supporting the Government of Jordan’s COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts. Key activities now taking place include:
- Strengthening the national contact tracing system by supporting the scale-up of MOH call center services
- Assessing national laboratory capacity and training laboratory technicians in COVID-19 detection
- Ensuring that private and public sector health workers and hospitals have the necessary training and preparedness plans in place to respond to COVID-19
- Advocating for private health insurance coverage of telemedicine services
In addition to helping keep Jordanians safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, LHSS support will leave Jordan with a stronger health system that is better prepared to address future health emergencies.