Faith-based organizations (FBOs) make immense contributions to the health sector in many parts of the world. Yet they are often not integrated into planning and resource allocations for national health systems, leading to service and system redundancies and gaps. FBOs also face numerous human resources for health (HRH) challenges, similar to other public- and private-sector institutions providing health services. The Africa Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP) has strengthened its members’ capacities to address HRH challenges with support from CapacityPlus. This technical brief presents examples from ACHAP members’ efforts to strengthen HRH and integrate FBOs into national health systems and the HRH community. The brief highlights achievements in selected areas, provides lessons learned, and offers seven key recommendations for furthering FBOs’ efforts.
This presentation was given at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Recife, Brazil, during the CapacityPlus side session on November 9, 2013. Project leaders shared innovative resources and lessons learned from their application at the country level in the areas of health workforce planning, production, management, performance, and retention.
How can governments work with faith-based organizations (FBOs) to strengthen the health workforce? This brief presents an overview of the issue of FBOs and human resources for health along with suggested actions, key considerations, and resources. Also available in French.
Le Dr. Samuel Mwenda, le président de la Plateforme des associations sanitaires chrétiennes d’Afrique (ACHAP) et secrétaire général de l’Association sanitaire chrétienne du Kenya, et Doris Mwarey, spécialiste régionale en ressources humaines pour le compte de l’ACHAP, débattent du rôle de la gestion des RH pour les organisations confessionnelles.
Dr. Samuel Mwenda, chairman of the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP) and general secretary of the Christian Health Association of Kenya, and Doris Mwarey, ACHAP's regional HR specialist, discuss the role of human resources management for faith-based organizations. Also available in French.
Provides information on preservice and in-service trainings offered by faith-based organizations, with a focus on nursing and midwifery pre-service training in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.