Nineteen countries are now using iHRIS, a free and open source human resources information system, to support over 810,000 health worker records. It would cost more than $149 million in licensing fees alone for these countries to support a similar number of records with a proprietary system purchased from for-profit companies. Read more »
Global commitment to achieving universal health coverage is growing, but improved health service coverage requires concerted efforts to address human resources for health (HRH) challenges.
A special issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization addresses the topic of human resources for universal health coverage from a variety of angles. Among the special issue’s offerings are three papers—including two of the Bulletin’s four “policy and practice” articles—by CapacityPlusexperts. The three articles focus on retention of rural health workers, integration of community health workers, and leveraging of information and communication technologies, respectively. Read more »
Mary Kinyariro works at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. For a long time, she thought managers paid little attention to making sure employees were qualified and supported. “Patient attendants even gave medicines in those days, as well as feed the patient or make beds. I never saw meetings of managers and staff.” Her colleague John Kuria lacked clarity about his job. “Things were not clear. I was never appraised on my performance.” Read more »
In Mali’s remote northern region, the Gao Nursing School was hailed as a model for other regional nursing and midwifery schools in the country and cited as a Center of Excellence in community-supported, performance-based training.
But during the country’s political crisis that began in early 2012, the school was heavily looted and forced to close.
“We had teaching materials here estimated at 160 million FCFA [about $330,000],” said Dr. Hamada Maiga, the school’s director general. “All that was pillaged.” Read more »
Health workforce leaders now have a new tool they can count on to better know and manage their health workforces. iHRIS Train manages data on the education of health professionals—both before entering the profession and while in service. Read more »
Here are the top ten most popular news articles and blog posts of 2013 on the CapacityPluswebsite. Check them out and learn more about how countries are using our tools and approaches to strengthen the health workforce. Read more »
CapacityPlusleaders will join global health policy experts from around the world at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference, in Pattaya, Thailand, on January 27–31. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is a cohost of the conference, and Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, USAID’s assistant administrator for global health, served as cochair of the organizing committee. Other cohosts include Japan International Cooperation Agency, World Health Organization, Prince Mahidol Award Conference, Rockefeller Foundation, China Medical Board, and the World Bank. The theme for 2014 is Transformative Learning for Health Equity. Read more »