CapacityPlus Experts Contribute to Special Issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization Focusing on Human Resources for Universal Health Coverage

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 CapacityPlus experts. 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 »

“I’m Proud to Be a Health Worker”: Improving HR Management at Faith-Based Organizations in Kenya

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 »

Global Health Workforce Expert Jennifer Macias Joins CapacityPlus

IntraHealth International has named Jennifer Macias as CapacityPlus’s deputy director, human resources for health and health systems strengthening. Read more »

“I Can Fulfill My Dream”: Helping Nursing and Midwifery Students Go Back to School in Northern Mali

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 »

New Resource Spotlight: iHRIS Train, an Open Source Tool for Managing Health Worker Education and Training

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 »

Most Popular News and Blog Posts of 2013

Here are the top ten most popular news articles and blog posts of 2013 on the CapacityPlus website. Check them out and learn more about how countries are using our tools and approaches to strengthen the health workforce. Read more »

CapacityPlus Joins Global Leaders at Prince Mahidol Award Conference to Steer Health Professional Education toward Improved Health Equity

CapacityPlus leaders 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 »

New Publication Spotlight: Applying the Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) Method in Namibia: Challenges and Implications for Human Resources for Health Policy

In countries with health workforce shortages, how can health systems close the gap between existing and required numbers of health workers? Having access to reliable workload information is an important first step. Read more »

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