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 »

Sharing Outcomes from the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

“The health worker is the most important element of the health system,” says Pape Gaye, president and CEO of CapacityPlus lead partner IntraHealth International. The Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (HRH) provided a vital opportunity to learn what’s working in terms of strengthening the health workforce worldwide, hear how far we still have to go, and gain clarity on what we need to do to get there. Read more »

New Resource Spotlight: Two eLearning Courses for Scaling Up Health Workforce Education and Training

To ensure adequate access to health services, many countries need to increase the number of health workers being trained. However, available funding often falls far short of what is required to produce enough health workers.

Since many countries are unlikely to increase their public-sector budgets for health professional education, they need to identify new sources of funding. These countries can also learn from the recent expansion and success of private-sector health professional schools. With health training needs increasing and country budgets not keeping pace, private-sector schools will soon produce more health workers than public-sector institutions. Read more »

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