Other Regional and Country-Level Work
The following are in addition to the countries listed on Where We Work.
CapacityPlus published two online courses on the QStream platform, which utilizes Spaced Education to teach and reinforce learning: Private-Sector Participation in Preservice Health Education and Innovative Financing for Preservice Education of Health Professionals. The courses are targeted at managers and implementers of educational programs and those who influence health education policy.
Funding from USAID’s Africa Bureau is also supporting the project’s collaboration with the St. Joseph’s Kamuli Midwifery Training School in eastern Uganda. Using the Bottlenecks and Best Buys approach, CapacityPlus is helping the school achieve a decades-long goal: to expand on its training of certificate-level nurses and midwives and provide a high-quality education leading to a diploma in midwifery to young women from the region. The technical assistance to Kamuli draws on lessons learned from case studies conducted by the project in Ethiopia and Kenya on innovative approaches of private-sector health professional schools. In collaboration with the International Finance Corporation, CapacityPlus is participating in an assessment documenting the private sector’s role in increasing the number and capacity of health workers in sub-Saharan Africa.
CapacityPlus is collaborating with the USAID-funded ForçaSaúde project to strengthen health workforce information for planning and management. Current plans include conducting a human resources information system gap analysis for the Ministry of Health and supporting the professional development of biostatisticians to make more effective use of health information systems.
Latin American and Caribbean Region (LAC) Bureau
CapacityPlus is providing technical support to countries in the region to implement strategic plans for strengthening the supply chain workforce to ensure that medicines and other health commodities reach the people that need them, especially for HIV/AIDS services. Highlights in the Dominican Republic include a Presidential Decree supporting the professionalization and integration of the supply chain workforce; launch and institutionalization of a diploma course to train supply chain workers; delivery of a workshop for supply chain workers on motivation, teamwork, and advocacy; and completion of a supervision manual and job descriptions. El Salvador’s Ministry of Health team has conducted a situation analysis that informed recommendations to address areas in need of improvement, and Guatemala’s country team plans to conduct a similar analysis.
These efforts stem from a regional workshop conducted by a multiagency committee led by CapacityPlus, held in Antigua, Guatemala in January 2013. Over 40 representatives of five countries (Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama), technical experts, and donor representatives participated to identify and prioritize key challenges facing HIV/AIDS commodity security in LAC countries. The top four challenges identified included financing, professionalization of supply chain management, policies planning and coordination, and information systems and use of information.