Integrating the PEPFAR Technical Considerations into Health Services to Improve the Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence in Kenya:Final Report

USAID's Office of HIV/AIDS Gender Technical Working Group invited CapacityPlus to apply its expertise in health worker training and performance support to improve health system response to children and adolescents who have experienced sexual violence in Kenya. In collaboration with USAID’s FUNZOKenya health worker training project and its APHIAplus Kamili service delivery project, CapacityPlus supported the Ministry of Health’s Reproductive and Maternal Health Services Unit in revising the national sexual and gender-based violence curriculum to reflect recent changes in national policy guidelines. This final report documents achievements and lessons learned from the activity and includes the findings from a desk review and training needs assessment that informed the development of the new training module and supplemental training and performance support materials.

Developing a Human Resources for Health (HRH) Effort Index to Measure Country-Level Status in HRH

Human resources for health (HRH) are an essential component of health systems and crucial to increased accessibility and quality of services. However, there is a scarcity of HRH indicators and the few that exist are often unreliable, inconsistently related to outcomes, or do not inform on the multidimensional nature of the area. Based on HRH and performance-based frameworks, CapacityPlus and a technical advisory group developed the HRH Effort Index to measure inputs and outputs in HRH. Presented at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok (January 26–31, 2015), this poster highlights preliminary results from testing the HRH Effort Index in Kenya and Nigeria.

The Composition of the Social Service Workforce in HIV/AIDS-Affected Contexts

The social service workforce plays an invaluable role in supporting, protecting, and advocating for vulnerable children and families. This technical report describes the composition of the social service workforce drawn from several sources of data, including a literature review primarily focused on workforce issues in HIV/AIDS-impacted countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It is intended to help the field move toward a common understanding of functions associated with different cadres within the social service workforce, titles associated with workers who perform these functions, and education or training that is typically associated with these cadres. Taking into consideration the differences across countries, the authors propose additional emphasis on some broad areas—including examples of promising practices—that will help to clarify the composition of social service workforce. A more in-depth look at how public-sector social service workers are classified in Kenya is available as an annex.

FBO Contributions to Scaling Up the Health Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities

This presentation was given at the CapacityPlus knowledge-sharing and dissemination event, A Strong Health Workforce for Africa: Building Effective Partnerships with Faith-Based Organizations, held on October 27, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Creating an Enabling Environment for Human Resources for Health Program Implementation in Three African Countries

Over the past decade, global and national health leaders have increasingly recognized the importance of investing in human resources for health (HRH) in order to scale up service delivery and meet the Millennium Development Goals. This prioritization has resulted in increased attention to and funding for HRH. Despite these advances, insufficient progress has been made in implementing HRH interventions to improve access to qualified health workers. Therefore, this qualitative study was conducted to determine the factors that define the enabling environment for successful implementation of HRH interventions in three countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Successes and Challenges: Implementing Health Workforce Strengthening Interventions in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania

Human resources for health (HRH) is a relatively young field. As such, less is known about how to successfully implement health workforce interventions than is known about other types of health interventions (e.g., service delivery) with a longer history of implementation. Presented at the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Beijing on November 2, 2012, this poster describes results from a qualitative study with staff from USAID-funded HRH projects in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania led by IntraHealth International, which was conducted in recognition of the need for a more systematic approach to understanding the challenges and success factors in implementing HRH interventions.

Organisations confessionnelles: Utilisation de la gestion des RH pour soutenir le personnel de santé

Le Dr. Samuel Mwenda, le président de la Plateforme des associations sanitaires chrétiennes d’Afrique (ACHAP) et secrétaire général de l’Association sanitaire chrétienne du Kenya, et Doris Mwarey, spécialiste régionale en ressources humaines pour le compte de l’ACHAP, débattent du rôle de la gestion des RH pour les organisations confessionnelles.

Faith-Based Organizations: Using HR Management to Support Health Workers

Dr. Samuel Mwenda, chairman of the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP) and general secretary of the Christian Health Association of Kenya, and Doris Mwarey, ACHAP's regional HR specialist, discuss the role of human resources management for faith-based organizations. Also available in French.

The Kenya Emergency Hiring Plan: Results from a Rapid Workforce Expansion Strategy

Discusses the planning and implementation of the Capacity Project-led Emergency Hiring Plan, and reflections for future implementation.

Strengthening the Role of Faith-Based Organizations in Human Resources for Health Initiatives

Describes the Capacity Project’s contributions to strengthening Christian Health Associations’ HR systems, and provides recommendations for working with the faith-based sector.

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