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HRH Global Resource Center June Update

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).

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New Article in Global Health: Science and Practice Highlights Successful mLearning Pilot in Senegal

Technologists, public health officials, and educators have been talking for years of the promise of mobile technology to help improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of training health workers, particularly in countries hard hit with severe health workforce shortages. In these areas, training health workers without taking them away from their posts for lengthy in-service training sessions could allow for more frequent updating of skills without interrupting health care. However, research on the quality and acceptability of the training remains rare.

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Groundbreaking Report Shows Strong Social Services Improve Wellbeing of Vulnerable Children and Families

The State of the Social Service Workforce 2015 Report, released last week by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, demonstrates how gaps in workforce support and funding negatively affect the quality and effectiveness of social services, leading to missed opportunities for improving the wellbeing of the world’s most vulnerable populations. The report is a review of the social service workforce in 15 countries. Read more »

HRH Global Resource Center May Update

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). Read more »

Mali Uses Health Workforce Data to Improve Access to Care for Those Most in Need

Like many countries, Mali doesn’t have enough health workers. Eighty-three of the world’s countries 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.” Read more »

HRH Global Resource Center April Update

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). Read more »

New Resource Spotlight: Promoting Gender Equality in the Health Workforce: An Advocacy Tool

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. Read more »

New Publication Spotlight: Use of an Interactive Voice Response System to Deliver Refresher Training in Senegal

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. Read more »

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