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New Software Application Tracks Health Workforce Training

This post was originally published on VITAL, the blog of IntraHealth International.

The globaAmanda Puckettl agenda is clear: universal health coverage. And as we heard at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, a strong, qualified health workforce is essential to achieving this goal.

But how do we create a strong global health workforce that can provide care to all seven billion of us? One of the keys is information—reliable, accurate information on health workers’ skills and qualifications.

Data on individual health workers’ training can be hard to come by. The information is often scattered in paper files, buried in obscure databases, or simply does not exist. To help address this challenge, IntraHealth’s iHRIS team in Uganda customized the open source iHRIS software to create iHRIS Train, a whole new application that captures and reports health worker training data. Read more »

A Student’s View: Task Shifting Holds Potential for Addressing Health Worker Shortages and Expanding Access to Health Care

Obinna OkekeThe concept of task shifting is not a new one. In 19th century France, officiers de santé were an officially recognized and commonly-used class of non-physician health workers, while in China, so-called barefoot doctors were widely deployed across the country in the mid-20th century. And in Africa, non-physician clinicians have long been trained across the continent to fill various roles. Succinctly put, task shifting is a process of delegating tasks from higher-level health workers to less specialized health workers with shorter training and fewer qualifications. Read more »

In-Service Training Improvement Framework Launched at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

There are more health worker in-service training programs than ever before, with training often representing the lion’s share of investments for strengthening human resources for health (HRH). But an increasing number of reports indicate that such training is rarely evaluated, frequently duplicative, and may not be designed to meet needs. A growing multiplicity of poorly-coordinated training providers may overwhelm and weaken training systems rather than strengthen them. Read more »

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