Health Workers

Transforming Health Worker Education: Implementing Options to Eliminate Gender Discrimination

CapacityPlus compiled and analyzed literature on gender discrimination in higher education, including health worker preservice education. Additional information was gathered by contacting institution staff and reviewing institutional websites. Presented at the 4th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference in Washington, DC on March 14–16, 2013, this poster summarizes the review and recommends several key actions that stakeholders can take at institutional and governmental levels to counter gender discrimination.

Outils de rétention des prestataires en milieu rural

Beaucoup de pays éprouvent des difficultés à attirer et à retenir un nombre et des types de prestataires de soins suffisants capables de dispenser des services de qualité en milieu rural et dans les zones éloignées. Pour faciliter l’appropriation des approches au niveau des pays et plaider pour l’utilisation de données dans le cadre de la prise de décision, le projet CapacityPlus financé par l’USAID a développé deux outils : les outils d’enquête de rétention rapide et le logiciel iHRIS Retain qui va de pair avec ce document et qui a été développé en collaboration avec l’Organisation mondiale de la santé.

Les organisations confessionnelles

Comment les gouvernements peuvent-ils travailler avec les organisations confessionnelles pour renforcer le personnel de santé ?

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. This technical brief presents an overview of an approach to help identify critical bottlenecks to providing quality preservice education and prioritize affordable actions for increasing the quantity of graduates while maintaining or improving the quality of education.

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. To address this problem, CapacityPlus partnered with the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank, and the Global Health Workforce Alliance in an exploration of innovative financing of health worker education. This technical brief presents a summary of the forms of financing proposed or documented through this process.

Why Would I Go There? Motivating Workers to Take and Keep Jobs in Rural Areas

Given the complexity of the social, professional, and economic factors that influence motivation, how do institutions make rural job postings more attractive? While many recognize that salary is an important factor, other characteristics of a job—such as better living or working conditions, supportive supervision, opportunities for continuing professional development, career advancement, networking, and even public recognition—can improve a worker’s sense of purpose and productivity. Identifying and offering the right incentive package to workers can result in a win-win situation, with benefits for both the worker and the community served. To address this issue of job attraction and retention in the health sector, CapacityPlus has helped ministries of health and NGOs answer these questions by using a rapid discrete choice experiment, a rigorous survey method that identifies the trade-offs that workers would be willing to make between specific job characteristics. Garnering statistical evidence of what motivates workers provides policy-makers with the needed information to develop more cost-effective job incentive strategies. This article originally appeared in the December 2012 issue of Monthly Developments Magazine (

Eliminating Quacks and Improving Health Care in Uganda

The Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council requires doctors and dentists to register and obtain an annual practicing license. Unfortunately “quacks” pose as medical practitioners, offering services without the appropriate training. Dr. Ssentongo Katumba, registrar of the council, explains how a new mobile directory based on mobile technology and the iHRIS software is helping the council identify quacks, as well as helping Ugandans seek services from qualified health workers.

Transforming the Health Worker Pipeline: Interventions to Eliminate Gender Discrimination in Preservice Education

Governments and preservice education institutions must take action against gender barriers if they are to produce robust workforces able to respond to the health needs of the populations they serve. This report describes the results of a systematic and expert review undertaken to identify practices that have the potential to counter forms of gender discrimination against students and faculty in preservice education institutions. Also see the related technical brief.

Strengthening the Health Worker Pipeline through Gender-Transformative Strategies

CapacityPlus conducted a systematic review of 300 articles, reports, program documents, and websites on gender discrimination in higher education, including health worker preservice education. A panel of experts in gender and in human resources for health then reviewed summaries of 51 interventions identified from the literature search, according to selected characteristics of gender-transformative interventions. This technical brief provides an overview of how gender discrimination affects health professional students and faculty as well as intervention options that the expert panel identified as having potential to counter gender discrimination. In addition, it offers recommendations for preservice education institutions and other stakeholders to address these challenges. Also see the related report.

Designing Evidence-Based Incentives to Attract and Retain Health Workers Using the Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit

This eLearning course produced by CapacityPlus’s HRH Global Resource Center is based on CapacityPlus's Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit: Designing Evidence-Based Incentives for Health Workers. The course trains participants on how to use a rapid discrete choice experiment methodology to design evidence-based incentives to attract and retain health workers in rural and remote areas.

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