Getting the Right Health Workers in the Right Places: Namibia Applies WISN Tool

One step in improving the accessibility and quality of health care is to establish what numbers and types of health workers are needed to match the volume of services in particular facilities. In Namibia, where staffing norms had not been revised in over 10 years, CapacityPlus is assisting the Ministry of Health and Social Services to use the Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) tool to estimate workload requirements for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists in all 13 regions of the country. Read more »

Who Are We Celebrating for World Health Worker Week? We’re Starting with Nadine from the DRC

CapacityPlus is celebrating health workers all week long, as part of the first ever World Health Worker Week! Throughout the week, global health organizations and projects will educate people on who health workers are and why they’re important. We’ll also advocate for taking actions to solve challenges and address the global health workforce shortage.

Each day we will feature amazing health workers from our “I’m a Health Worker” video series, which highlights how CapacityPlus places health workers at the center of our efforts to strengthen the health workforce. Embracing the World Health Organization’s broad definition, the videos feature health workers from lab technicians to nurses, midwives, and doctors to ministry officials. Read more »

HRH Global Resource Center March 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 »

Malik Jaffer Brings Health Workforce and Systems Expertise to CapacityPlus

IntraHealth International has named Malik Jaffer as CapacityPlus’s deputy director, human resources for health and health systems strengthening.

“We’re delighted that Malik is taking on this key position, and I’m confident that he will help us continue to create innovations for addressing the global health workforce crisis,” said Kate Tulenko, director of CapacityPlus and senior director for health systems innovation at IntraHealth. Read more »

Answering the Call: Honoring Female Health Workers on International Women’s Day

“It started a long time ago when I was still young,” recalls Mariam Louise Walusimbi. “I really had the passion to take care of the sick.” She’s now a critical care nurse in Uganda.

Mary Gitari’s heart was touched when she first caught a glimpse of nurses in their bright white uniforms. “When I visited the hospital,” she remembers, “I saw how beautiful the nurses looked, and how they were giving good care to their patients. I wanted to be one of them.” She’s now a nursing officer in Kenya. Read more »

Producing New Health Workers in Nigeria: 874 Scholarships Awarded to Final-Year Students

Ceremonies held February 19 in the Nigerian states of Benue and Edo honored 874 students from schools of midwifery and health technologies who have been selected to receive scholarship and bursary awards through a program supported by CapacityPlus. The students—154 midwives and 720 community health extension workers (CHEWs)—are in their last year of training. The awards are intended to ensure the students will have the financial resources they need to finish their studies and graduate from their programs so they can be deployed to meet Nigerians’ priority health needs. Read more »

New Publication Spotlight: Scaling Up Health Worker Production: The Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach

Countries need to rapidly scale up the production of health workers in order to ensure universal access to health care and address the global shortage of over four million doctors, nurses, midwives, and support workers. In many cases, small but targeted investments in the preservice education of health workers can lead to measurable increases in the production of qualified and competent graduates. Read more »

New Publication Spotlight: Innovative Financing Options for the Preservice Education of Health Professionals

Many developing countries are making significant investments to increase the number of health workers available to provide care to growing populations. However, the available funding is far short of what is required. For these countries to train and produce a health workforce sufficient to meet the populations’ needs, new sources of funding for health worker education need to be found. Read more »

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