New Toolkit for Productivity

  • 1 of 4


Feb 25, 2015

Many countries are striving to meet the demand for family planning, end preventable child and maternal deaths, and achieve an AIDS-free generation. The health workforce is critical for ensuring access to high-quality services in order to improve health outcomes. While increasing the number of health workers where there are shortages is essential, it is equally important to improve the productivity of the existing workforce and make service delivery more efficient.

CapacityPlus’s new Health Workforce Productivity Analysis and Improvement Toolkit describes a step-wise process to measure the productivity of facility-based health workers, understand the underlying causes of productivity problems, and identify potential interventions to address them.

Feb 20, 2015

An accident. A car wreck on the roadside in Kumasi, Ghana. A pregnant woman cut, injured. Ave Maria Quist rushes over to help. 

“I applied pressure to the part that was bleeding, and I called for an ambulance,” she says. “Then we took the woman straight to the hospital for further treatment.”

Ave Maria is a midwifery student at nearby Garden City University College. The injured woman was lucky Ave Maria had the skills to help her. Almost 2,000 Ghanaians die every year from injuries caused by road accidents, which are one of the top ten causes of death in the country. But the woman also faced another life-threatening risk: having a baby.

Feb 9, 2015

Many countries are working to increase access to health care by recruiting more health workers to serve in rural areas. While nearly half the world’s population lives in rural areas, only 38% of the world’s nurses and a quarter of doctors work there. To help countries determine what would motivate health workers to accept and remain in rural posts, CapacityPlus developed the Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit: Designing Evidence-Based Incentives for Health Workers. Now, a revised edition contains improvements based on additional application in Namibia among pharmacists and pharmacy assistants, as part of the People that Deliver initiative and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the University of Namibia.

Feb 5, 2015

This monthly update from the HRH Global Resource Center provides information on the latest resources, improvements, and news from this digital library devoted to human resources for health (HRH).


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.

See all resources in our Knowledge Library


Monday, March 2, 2015
Global Health Mini-University 2015
Washington, DC

Sponsored by USAID and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, the Global Health Mini-University is an annual forum that brings together professionals and students for a free day-long event on evidence-based best practices and state-of-the-art information. Representing the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, Amy Bess and Jim McCaffery will present Health and Social Service Workers: Increased Collaboration, Better Health Results during Session 1 (9:45–10:45 a.m.), and CapacityPlus’s Alfredo Fort will present The HRH Effort Index: New Indicators to Help Systems Strengthening during Session 2 (11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.).