New Publication Spotlight: Establishing and Using Data Standards in Health Workforce Information Systems

Human resources information systems help countries track and support their health workforces. Information systems are successful when they support policy and management decisions and when those decisions lead to better health care—but success depends on the quality of the human resources for health (HRH) data going into the system. How can countries ensure the quality of their data? A new CapacityPlus technical brief discusses organizational, national, and international data standards that can help. Read more »

eLearning and Medical Education in Ghana: More Health Workers at the End of the Day

Dr. Christian Osae Obirikorang chose to become a health worker because he possessed the passion to save lives. And he chose to focus on education so he could help produce more health professionals to save even more lives. “I want to help train people, so that they'll come out with quality skills to help in health care delivery,” he says.

Dr. Obirikorang earned his bachelor’s degree in laboratory technology and his PhD in chemical pathology. He’s now a lecturer in the Department of Molecular Medicine at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s School of Medical Sciences in Kumasi, Ghana. He points out that, like many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana has a huge need for medical professionals, especially doctors. Read more »

Christian Health Association of Ghana Chooses iHRIS for Managing and Supporting Health Workers

The Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) has begun using the iHRIS software to improve management and support of over 13,500 health workers posted in its health facilities across the country.

With 184 facilities primarily located in hard-to-reach locations—where half the population of Ghana lives—CHAG is a significant provider of health care in the country. According to Samuel Nugblega, CHAG’s technical adviser on leadership, governance, and human resources, CHAG provides 20% of all out-patient and 35% of all in-patient care. Nugblega and his colleagues believe that using health workforce data from iHRIS will improve CHAG’s human resources planning and facility management, as well as boost the quality of service delivery. 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 »

New Publication Spotlight: Assessing the Relevance, Efficiency, and Sustainability of HIV/AIDS In-Service Training in Nigeria

How can the health workforce continue to strengthen the quality and accessibility of HIV/AIDS services in Nigeria, where over three million people are living with the virus? One key strategy is in-service training to improve and update health workers’ knowledge and skills. At the request of USAID/Nigeria, CapacityPlus conducted an assessment of HIV/AIDS in-service training provided to Nigerian health workers through funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Read more »

Innovative Approach Helps Countries Strengthen Their Health Workforce

To improve the population’s access to high-quality health care, countries require current, accurate data on their health workforce. Togo is one of 19 countries using iHRIS, the leading open source software for national health workforce information systems. Read more »

Knowledge-Sharing Event Focuses on Transforming Health Worker Education and Training

With the global deficit of qualified health workers already large and increasing, heightened attention is being paid to ensuring that sufficient numbers of competent and qualified health workers are produced and retained where they are most needed. On March 18, CapacityPlus hosted a knowledge-sharing and dissemination event—Transforming and Scaling Up Health Workforce Education and Training for Health Equity—to advance the dialogue on overcoming challenges in health workforce development. Read more »

Dominican Republic Launches Health Worker Job Descriptions and Orientation Manuals

On February 19, the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Public Administration launched new job description manuals for the posts of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and bioanalysts, along with an orientation manual for each of these positions. Read more »

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