New Publication Spotlight: Exploring Contraceptive Use Differentials in Sub-Saharan Africa through a Health Workforce Lens

The good news is that more and more women around the world are gaining access to family planning services. These days 56% of all married women are using a modern method of contraception, marking a big increase from less than 10% in 1960. The bad news is that only 19% of married women in sub-Saharan Africa are using a modern method of contraception. Since nearly all family planning services require assistance from a health worker, access to health workers is a principal supply-side determinant of family planning service use. Read more »

New Alliance Aims to Strengthen the Social Service Workforce

The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance officially launched on June 6. The Alliance is comprised of a collaborative network of stakeholders who will help address key social service workforce issues.

A well-planned, well-trained, and well-supported social service workforce can effectively deliver services to improve the lives of vulnerable populations. However, a number of challenges confront this workforce and limit its ability to create protective environments for children and families who face poverty, discrimination, violence, and exploitation in their daily lives. Read more »

Guatemala Adopts iHRIS to Manage Health Workforce

Guatemala is the newest country to adopt the open source iHRIS software for tracking, managing, and planning the health workforce. At least 14 other countries are actively using the software. 
CapacityPlus develops the core iHRIS software and releases updates with improvements and new features. Because the software is open source, Guatemala and other countries can freely modify it for local needs. Read more »

New Publication Spotlight: Evidence from a Discrete Choice Experiment in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Which incentives would motivate health workers to serve in rural and remote areas of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), where nurses disproportionately live and work in urban centers?

To find out, the Lao Ministry of Health—with technical assistance from CapacityPlus and in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO)—used CapacityPlus’s Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit to conduct a discrete choice experiment among health professional students and practicing health workers. Read more »

New Publication Spotlight: Health Informatics Education and Training Programs: Important Factors to Consider

What does the field of health informatics have to do with health workers? A new CapacityPlus technical brief explains that health informatics—the process of making health-related data accessible and useful for decision-making—is of growing importance in efforts to improve health outcomes across the globe, and makes the case that health workers must be able to use a number of different computerized resources and tools in their daily work for patient care and health service management, as well as access relevant data and be comfortable with its application. In addition, policy- and decision-makers in the health sector need up-to-date data on the health workforce and population health needs in order to plan and manage a workforce that is capable of responding to local health needs. Therefore, education and training in information technology should be part of the national investment in health systems. Read more »

HRH Global Resource Center May 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 »

Building Powerful Constituencies to Address the Health Workforce Crisis: The Importance of Global Partnerships

To foster action on the global human resources for health (HRH) crisis, a sense of urgency must be sustained at global, regional, and national levels. Many organizations, governments, and agencies are engaged in promoting sound HRH policies and practices; however, no single entity can resolve health workforce challenges on its own. The goal of global leadership and partnership is to engage a diverse variety of stakeholders across multiple sectors to promote ongoing action to address the HRH crisis and support advancement toward universal health coverage. Read more »

More Nurses in the Right Places: CapacityPlus Celebrates International Nurses Day and Takes Part in ICN Congress

“I became a health worker to help our brothers and sisters, everyone who’s sick,” says Nurse Alphonsine Nyangé, who works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “I really had the passion to take care of the sick,” echoes Nurse Mariam Louise Walusimbi in Uganda.

On May 12 CapacityPlus salutes these dedicated nurses and so many others like them around the world, in celebration of International Nurses Day. And from May 18–23, CapacityPlus will take part in the International Council of Nurses 25th Quadrennial Congress. This event will highlight how nurses are key to ensuring access to quality health care for all, and provide a global platform for sharing nursing knowledge. Read more »

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