IntraHealth International announces a major release of the iHRIS health workforce information software. Version 4.2 introduces changes to the core software that improve data presentation and usability.
iHRIS (pronounced “iris”) is a suite of free open source software specifically designed to supply low-resource countries with information to track, manage, deploy, and budget for their health workers. The iHRIS software has had 12 minor releases since version 4.1 was released in April 2012. Read more »
Education and training institutions around the globe are struggling to meet the increasing demand for more health workers who are capable of providing high-quality family planning, HIV/AIDS, and maternal and child health services to expanding populations.
A more business-like approach to operating and managing these institutions would allow schools to produce greater numbers of competent and qualified graduates within current, marginally expanding, or even decreasing budgets. However, senior school leaders frequently rise to their positions through academic and clinical promotions, acquiring little formal management, administrative, or business training along the way.
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At an event in Bamako last month, CapacityPlus and the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene shared key results of their six-year collaboration to strengthen Mali’s health workforce. Around 100 people attended the event where ministry officials and project staff highlighted the key role of health workers and successful human resources for health (HRH) approaches for building more resilient health systems and reaching more Malians with better quality health care. Read more »
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.