Preferences for Working in Rural Clinics among Trainee Health Professionals in Uganda: A Discrete Choice Experiment

In low-income countries, failure to attract and retain health workers in rural areas reduces population access to health services and undermines facility performance, resulting in poor health outcomes. This article in BMC Health Services Research presents findings from CapacityPlus’s study on preferences for job characteristics among final-year medical, nursing, pharmacy, and laboratory students at select universities in Uganda. The findings contribute to mounting evidence that salary is not the only important factor health workers consider when deciding where to work.

“Already We See the Difference”: Strengthening District Health Workforce Leadership and Management in Uganda

Participants in the Human Resources for Health Leadership and Management Course in Uganda share some perspectives on a program designed to help them address health workforce challenges at the district level. Also available in French.

Determining Priority Retention Packages to Attract and Retain Health Workers in Rural and Remote Areas in Uganda

In Uganda, attracting and retaining health workers in rural and underserved areas has proven difficult. Positions staffed by the Ministry of Health in many of these areas remain 50% vacant. The Ministry of Health is committed to pursuing a package of strategies to make rural postings more attractive. One important step in determining which package of strategies will be most effective is to estimate which strategies health workers themselves most prefer. To this end, the Ministry of Health, in partnership with CapacityPlus, conducted a discrete choice experiment survey among current students in health training programs as well as health workers practicing in rural districts to investigate preferences for potential attraction and retention strategies. The results constitute an important input to the policy-making process related to the identification, costing, and selection of possible retention interventions for implementation. Read more »

Tracking and Monitoring the Health Workforce: A New Human Resources Information System (HRIS) in Uganda

This article draws on work from the Capacity Project, the predecessor to CapacityPlus. It describes Uganda’s transition from a paper filing system for health workers to an electronic human resources information system (HRIS) capable of providing information about country-specific health workforce questions, and how HRIS data can be used in workforce planning.

Satisfaction, Motivation, and Intent to Stay among Ugandan Physicians: A Survey from 18 National Hospitals

The International Journal of Health Planning and Management published a study conducted by the Capacity Project, the predecessor to CapacityPlus. “Satisfaction, motivation, and intent to stay among Ugandan physicians: a survey from 18 national hospitals” found that nearly half of the doctors were so dissatisfied that they would consider leaving the health sector or the country. The report concludes that policy-makers should consider interventions to remedy the quality of management, availability of equipment and supplies, facility infrastructure, workload, and professional development, which are reported as major sources of dissatisfaction.

Supporting Health Worker Performance with Effective Supervision

Shares the Capacity Project's performance support intervention model, analyzes the variations in results and includes recommendations for implementing and scaling up interventions.

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.

Strengthening Professional Associations for Health Workers

Describes the Capacity Project's models for strengthening professional associations.

The Impact of Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) Strengthening

Provides an overview of results from a qualitative evaluation study of the Capacity Project’s HRIS strengthening in Swaziland, Uganda, and Rwanda, and draws on results from a regional workshop on data-driven decision-making in Tanzania.

Knowledge Management and Human Resources for Health: Using Quality Information to Make Better Decisions

Illustrates the Capacity Project’s approach to integrating knowledge management into HRH strengthening activities and provides recommendations for future initiatives.

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