New Resource Spotlight: Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit and eLearning Course

We need more health workers, especially in rural and remote areas. According to the World Health Organization, nearly half of the world’s population lives in these areas, yet less than 38% of the world’s nurses and a quarter of the world’s doctors work there. How can countries ensure health workers are deployed where they are needed most? Read more »

Improving Maternal Health in Rwanda by Putting Data into Health Workers’ Hands

Today a woman in Rwanda has a better chance of delivering her baby safely than she did a decade ago. Health workers are playing a big part in this achievement, along with greater access to information.

Rwanda is successfully improving maternal health, and fewer women are dying during pregnancy or childbirth. According to the World Health Organization, the country’s maternal mortality ratio was 340 per 100,000 live births in 2010, down from 550 in 2005 and 840 in 2000. 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 »

Sharing Health Workforce Findings and Strengthening the Field of Health Systems Research

At the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Beijing, 1,775 participants from 110 countries reviewed new findings and discussed how to strengthen the field. CapacityPlus joined the discussions and presented selected findings from research on the global health workforce: Read more »

Dominican Republic Takes Steps to Improve Management of the Health Workforce

In the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Health is taking an active approach to improving health service delivery and meeting the population’s diverse health care needs. Critical to the country’s efforts to improve access to quality health services is a focus on the health workforce, and in particular the systems used to manage these valuable human resources. Read more »

Laotian Health Workforce Recruitment and Retention Policy Informed by Use of CapacityPlus Tools

In Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), findings from the Ministry of Health’s application of the Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit and iHRIS Retain, with technical support from CapacityPlus and the World Health Organization, have informed the new national recruitment and retention policy for the health workforce. Announced this month, the policy stipulates that all new graduates in medicine, nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, and dentistry, as well as postgraduates in family medicine, must complete three years of compulsory rural service in order to receive their licenses to practice. Read more »

New Publication Spotlight: Increasing Community Health Worker Productivity and Effectiveness

Community health workers worldwide are taking on more and more responsibilities. They typically provide services such as educating community members on family planning and HIV prevention, counseling pregnant women, managing uncomplicated childhood illnesses, and supporting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis treatment programs. As their assignments pile up and their role in local health care grows, more and more people depend on their productivity and efficiency. Read more »

New Health Workforce Findings to Be Presented at Health Systems Research Symposium

Selected findings from CapacityPlus research on the global health workforce will be featured at the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Beijing, October 31 – November 3. Read more »

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