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 »

New Resource Spotlight: Human Resources Management Assessment Approach

Human resources management (HRM) is the integrated use of systems, policies, and practices that provide the range of functions needed to plan, produce, deploy, manage, and sustain the health workforce. HRM focuses on people: how they fit within a health system; how they are hired, trained, paid, and supported; and how they can be most effective. Read more »

HRH Global Resource Center February 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 Resource Spotlight: Discrete Choice Experiment User Guide

How can policy-makers formulate appropriate responses to address shortages of health workers in remote and rural areas? A new publication produced through close collaboration among the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, and CapacityPlus proposes an innovative methodology—the discrete choice experiment (DCE)—for measuring the strength of health workers’ preferences related to different job characteristics that can influence their decision to accept and remain in rural posts. Read more »

New WHO Resolution Aligns with CapacityPlus’s Information Systems Work

Recognizing the need for the seamless exchange of data within and between health information systems and the importance of such data to health decision-making and outcomes, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) on January 28 recommended a resolution on eHealth standardization and interoperability for adoption by the 66th World Health Assembly when it meets in May. Read more »

iHRIS Software Included in WHO Compendium of Innovative Technologies

The World Health Organization (WHO) included iHRIS—the open source health workforce information software supported by CapacityPlus—in its 2012 compendium of innovative health technologies. The compendium includes more than 30 eHealth solutions and medical devices selected for their suitability for use in low-resource settings. Read more »

How a New Mobile Directory Is Helping Eliminate Unqualified Health Providers in Uganda

The Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council aims to protect the health of Ugandans by requiring doctors and dentists to register and obtain an annual practicing license. Unfortunately, some of these health workers are not properly registered or do not hold a valid license. Worse, “quacks” are known to pose as medical practitioners and offer health services without the appropriate training. In the latest edition of CapacityPlus Voices, Eliminating Quacks and Improving Health Care in Uganda, the council’s registrar shares how a new mobile directory is helping curtail these practices. Read more »

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