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New Resource Spotlight: Health Workforce Productivity Analysis and Improvement Toolkit

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. Read more »

Small College in Ghana Makes Big Changes to Train More Health Workers

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. Read more »

New Resource Spotlight: Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit, Revised Edition

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. Read more »

HRH Global Resource Center February 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: Scaling Up Health Workforce Education and Training: Guide for Applying the Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach

To achieve universal health coverage and better health outcomes, the world needs more health workers. The global deficit of doctors, nurses, and midwives has reached over seven million, and could rise to 12.9 million by 2035. Educating and training an ample supply of new health workers, though, is hindered by a limited number of schools and the scarcity of resources to scale up their efforts.

CapacityPlus created the Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach to help health professional schools pinpoint the obstacles they face in increasing the number of competent and qualified graduates, and then select priority challenges that can be overcome through limited yet strategic investments. Read more »

CapacityPlus to Present on Health Workforce Strengthening at Prince Mahidol Award Conference

Dr. Kate Tulenko will represent CapacityPlus at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2015 in Bangkok, January 26–31. This year’s theme is “Global Health Post-2015: Accelerating Equity.” Read more »

HRH Global Resource Center January 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 »

Most Popular News and Blog Posts of 2014

Here are the ten most popular news articles and blog posts of 2014 on the CapacityPlus website. Topics range from Ebola, health worker education, and HR management to health worker information systems, workforce effectiveness, and eLearning. Read more »

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