Mali Uses Health Workforce Data to Improve Access to Care

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Apr 9, 2015

Like most countries, Mali doesn’t have enough health workers. One hundred of the world’s countries (56%) fall short of the World Health Organization’s minimum threshold of 23 health workers per 10,000 population.

“There is a need to ask the government to make much more of an effort to remedy the shortage of health workers,” said Mali’s current director of human resources for health, Dr. Idrissa Cissé. “But there is also the need to figure out if there isn’t a better manner to distribute the health workforce.”

Apr 6, 2015

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Apr 1, 2015

Health workers save lives, but the world doesn’t have enough health workers to meet the global demand. Many countries are striving to strengthen their health workforce and improve health outcomes, but health leaders may not be aware of the ways in which gender discrimination is impeding their efforts.

Gender discrimination hinders initiatives to develop and efficiently deploy the health workforce, which can result in maldistribution, absenteeism, and a limited pool of motivated health workers. This in turn negatively impacts the population’s access to high-quality health care.

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.


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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