CapacityPlus conducted an evaluation of Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) facilities that participated in the nationwide adoption by CHAK and the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops of a comprehensive policy on human resources for health (HRH) (supported by USAID through the Capacity Project and subsequently through CapacityPlus and the bilateral Capacity Kenya project). The evaluation confirmed important changes in CHAK's institutional capacity, HRH culture, and management practices.
CapacityPlus developed learning tools to address the challenges of gender inequalities and discrimination in the health workforce and health professional education systems and promote gender-transformative principles in advocacy, policy-making, and program implementation.
Human resources information systems are successful when they support policy and management decisions and when those decisions lead to better health care. However, success depends on the quality of the human resources for health data going into the system. The aim of this technical brief is to convey why data standards matter. The authors review organizational, national, and international data standards that can help ensure data quality, provide country examples, and discuss the key role of multisectoral stakeholder leadership groups in formulating and reaching consensus on standards.
This article provides a comprehensive overview of the first-ever national application of the Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) tool developed by the World Health Organization. The article describes the steps involved in implementing WISN, a human resources management tool, in Namibia, discusses software and data challenges, summarizes key findings relating to health worker shortages and inequities, and reviews the utility of the WISN findings for policy-makers in Namibia. The authors observe that the WISN method can offer credible workload-based evidence to improve the equity and distribution of health workers within a region or across similar types of facilities nationwide. Perhaps most importantly, the WISN tool allows policy-makers to consider the potential impact of decisions on staff requirements before actually making the decisions.
Like many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana faces health worker shortages, limiting the country’s likelihood of meeting the Millennium Development Goals. Working together with the stakeholders and partners that make up the Ghanaian health care system, CapacityPlus supported the revitalization of the Ghana Health Workforce Observatory to address key human resources for health issues. This case study discusses the steps taken to revitalize the observatory through the application of Guidelines for Forming and Sustaining Human Resources for Health Stakeholder Leadership Groups. Success factors that contributed to the Observatory’s revitalization are highlighted, along with challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations.
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.
Le Cadre d’Action RHS vise justement à aider les gouvernements et les responsables des systèmes de santé à formuler et à mettre en œuvre des stratégies permettant au personnel de santé d’être plus stable et plus performant. Par son approche exhaustive, ce cadre vous aidera, entre autres, à pallier les pénuries de personnel, sa distribution inégale, son manque de compétences, son faible taux de fidélisation et son manque de motivation.
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.