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 »

New Publication Spotlight: Applying the HRH Action Framework to Develop Sustainable Excellence in the Health Supply Chain Workforce

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 CapacityPlus technical 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 »

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 »

What Health Workers Are Saying about Their Rural Service in Lao PDR

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 »

Open Source Software Helps Zanzibar Expand Its Health Workforce

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 »

Countries Save Over $100 Million with Open Source Software and Powerful Data

The free, open source iHRIS software has now given 16 countries powerful data-management capabilities that, if purchased from for-profit companies, would have cost over $100 million in combined licensing fees. Instead, government agencies in Africa, Latin America, and India now use the affordable iHRIS to store over 675,000 health worker records, allowing officials to track, manage, and plan for their health workforces. Read more »

HRH Global Resource Center October 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 »

New Profile Creates New Possibilities for Using Health Workforce Data

The potential for using health workforce data to improve access to quality health services just got greater.

Care Services Discovery, a profile of data standards and guidance for organizing and identifying health facilities, health care organizations, health workers, and health services was recently published by Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise, a global initiative to improve the way health information systems share information. The initiative promotes the use of standards to address clinical needs and is making an effort to make sure these standards are useful and readily implementable in low-resource settings. That’s why CapacityPlus, through its work on an open health information exchange (OpenHIE) project in Rwanda, got involved. The OpenHIE community assured that the new profile will meet the needs of the Rwanda Health Information Exchange. Read more »

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