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Nursing Education Partnership Initiative Launched in Five Countries

The Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) was launched for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, and Zambia during an inaugural meeting held on November 14-17 in Lilongwe, Malawi. NEPI is the US Government’s unified program to address the underproduction of nursing professionals in developing countries. The five African countries will implement quality nursing and midwifery education at scale in selected schools. Read more »

Increasing Access to Integrated Services: Scott Radloff on the Key Role of Health Workers

In the context of the global health worker shortage and the rapidly expanding population, getting health services to people in need is a persistent challenge. “Women and families often live long distances from the nearest health facility,” says Scott Radloff, director of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, “so strategies that extend information and services to the community level are the ones that have proven largely successful.” Read more »

HRH Global Resource Center November 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 »

Lao PDR Health Leader Presents Results from CapacityPlus Retention Tools

Last week, Dr. Chanthakhath Paphassarang, deputy chief of the Education and Training Division, Department of Organization and Personnel in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) Ministry of Health, presented results from country application of two CapacityPlus tools. The Ministry, with assistance from CapacityPlus and the World Health Organization (WHO), recently used the Rapid Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) Tool to understand health workers’ motivational preferences for working in rural areas and iHRIS Retain to cost the resulting incentive packages. Read more »

CapacityPlus Presents Retention Tools at AAAH Conference Side Meeting

Last week, CapacityPlus cosponsored a preconference side meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank at the 6th Annual Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH) Conference in Cebu, Philippines. The side meeting, "Addressing recruitment and retention of health workers: Application of tools," provided participants with a detailed look at several new and upcoming tools focused on health worker retention, including: Read more »

CapacityPlus Launches Technical Brief Series with Population Growth and the Global Health Workforce Crisis

CapacityPlus announces its first technical brief, Population growth and the global health workforce crisis, by Sara Pacqué-Margolis, Carie Muntifering, Crystal Ng, and Shaun Noronha. This data-rich brief examines the potential impact of population growth on countries’ efforts to improve access to health workers, and recommends an approach that will help meet families’ health needs while mitigating the health workforce crisis. Read more »

Sharing Information and Tools for Health Systems Strengthening

CapacityPlus contributed to knowledge-sharing at the Fall meeting of the Bureau of Global Health Cooperating Agencies Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Working Group, held on November 3 in Washington, DC. Following a plenary discussion on health systems strengthening in the Global Health Initiative, CapacityPlus’s Sara Pacqué-Margolis gave an introduction to the Tools Fair for Health Systems-Related Measurement and Assessment. Read more »

Uganda Prepares for Health Worker Compensation Study

What motivates health workers to remain in their posts in low-resource countries? Labor market economic theory suggests that health worker retention is influenced by monetary compensation, but unfortunately there is little known about what is received by different types of health workers in different sectors, locations, and facilities. Baseline salaries are sometimes complemented by additional allowances and benefits, which are not always standardized, and vary across health worker cadres and locations. Read more »

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