Orvill Adams

Director for Health Service Provision, Department of Evidence and Information Policy, World Health Organization, Geneva

Orvill B. R. Adams is director of the Department of Health Service Provision at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. His activities include the management of the Department in order to contribute to the improved health system performance through analysis, tracking, and advising on the most effective approaches for affordable quality service provision; helping member states to analyze access to, coverage and utilization of critical health interventions at the community level; and providing evidence-based policy guidance on human resources development. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Adams served as a scientist in the Human Resources for Health Division of the World Health Organization. In this role he assisted countries in human resources management, skill mix, the development of health performance indicators, and policy and management approaches to the improvement of human resources development. Prior to this, he was principal in his own company, Curry Adams & Associates Inc., committed to the development and practice of effective and efficient management in public and private health. Mr. Adams serves on the Advisory Committee on the Impact of Technological Change on Human Resource in Health Care. He received an M.A. in international affairs from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, and an M.A. in economics from the University of Ottawa, Ontario.

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