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 »
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 »
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 »
It takes a health worker to provide lifesaving care to communities in need. And just as all people deserve access to skilled health workers, so too do they need access to the right medicines at the right time. A new CapacityPlustechnical brief provides guidance to strengthen the crucial link between the health worker and patient—the supply chain worker—so that medicines and other health commodities reach the people who need them. Read more »
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 »
As a young woman in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Souta Phanouvong was interested in learning about medicines so she could help people feel better. It didn’t hurt that her parents were also urging her to study pharmacy.
Last January, soon after completing her pharmacy degree, Souta—along with 399 other newly graduated doctors, pharmacists, and dentists—was assigned to serve three years in one of the country’s rural districts. Read more »
CapacityPlus develops the core iHRIS software and releases routine updates.
Zanzibar, the semiautonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, has increased its health workforce by more than 27% over the past three years by using data from open source tools.
Until 2011, Zanzibar’s Ministry of Health had funds for just 30 new health workers per year. But Zanzibar is home to over 1.3 million people, and its small health workforce of 3,270 was not able to keep up with the population’s health care needs. In fact, the workforce shrank year after year as health workers left the field, retired, or died and were never replaced. Read more »