Focusing on Health Workers for an AIDS-Free Generation

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Mar 30, 2015

For the 222 million women who have an unmet need for modern contraception, increasing access to high-quality family planning services is essential.

As countries work to scale up the number of health workers, it also makes sense to focus on the existing workforce. In-service training can improve the quality of family planning services by updating health workers’ knowledge, but it is often expensive and requires providers to leave their posts during the training.

CapacityPlus developed, deployed, and assessed an innovative mLearning system to deliver refresher training to family planning providers, focusing on management of contraceptive side effects and counseling to dispel misconceptions. The pilot application among 20 midwives, nurses, nursing assistants, and health agents took place in Meckhé and Tivouane districts in Thiès Region, Senegal.

Mar 26, 2015

USAID/Dominican Republic has awarded IntraHealth International a two-year associate award to build on CapacityPlus’s achievements in the Dominican Republic.

Critical to the country’s efforts to improve access to high-quality HIV services is a focus on the health workforce and the systems used to manage and support these valuable human resources. The new project, Improving HIV Service Outcomes through Strengthening Human Resources Management, will refine key systems at the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Public Administration, hospitals, and other institutions. HR management is the integrated use of systems, policies, and practices that provide the range of functions needed to plan, produce, deploy, manage, and sustain the health workforce.

Mar 18, 2015

Kalu Janet“I want to be a midwife because it is a privilege to be the first to help a woman bring life into this world, and to do it in a safe way to save lives,” says Kalu Janet. She started working toward her goal by enrolling in FCT School of Midwifery, Gwagwalada. But for financial reasons she feared she would have to drop out and put her dream on hold.

Many other health students faced the same situation, and an assessment provided evidence that financial difficulties are among the most common reasons for student attrition and low production of health workers in Nigeria. In collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders, CapacityPlus implemented a unique scholarship program for midwifery and community health extension worker students who were at risk of dropping out.

Mar 16, 2015

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Scaling Up Health Workforce Education and Training: Guide for Applying the Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach

CapacityPlus’s Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach is designed to help educational institutions identify obstacles to increasing the production of competent and qualified health workers that can be overcome through limited yet strategic investments. This guide identifies the stakeholders who should be involved, the steps in conducting a bottlenecks assessment, and a method for using the results to identify and build consensus on the most effective and affordable actions (best buys) for overcoming bottlenecks. It also provides tools and examples for strategic steps in the approach, such as engaging stakeholders, conducting a situation analysis, defining the school’s scale-up goal, leading group interviews, analyzing the results, and presenting the final bottlenecks and best buys report to external stakeholders and potential investors.

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