Brazil and Ethiopia conferences

Key Events

This November, CapacityPlus is playing a key role in two major conferences in Brazil and Ethiopia. As IntraHealth’s Pape Gaye has written, the global health community’s eyes should be on these two gatherings. Their goals are intrinsically linked. Countries that have made the greatest progress in family planning have employed strategies that included strong community health workforces. The role of the health worker is crucial.

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November 10–13, Recife, Brazil

Sponsored by the Global Health Workforce Alliance under the patronage of the Government of Brazil, the World Health Organization, and the Pan American Health Organization, the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health will build on the First and Second Global Forums on Human Resources for Health, held in 2008 in Uganda and 2011 in Thailand. CapacityPlus lead partner IntraHealth International is a cohost of the Forum. The theme for 2013 is “Rising to the grand challenge of human resources for health.” CapacityPlus leaders will join over 1,500 other human resources for health (HRH) stakeholders to elicit new HRH commitments from governments, donors, development partners, the private sector, and civil society; establish greater accountability to track, monitor, and report on those commitments; and more clearly link the HRH agenda to the Millennium Development Goals, universal health coverage, social determinants of health, the Rio+20 process, and the post-2015 development agenda.

CapacityPlus at the Third Global Forum on HRH:


Saturday, 9 November

SE6 Achieving human resources for health commitments: Lessons learned and resources from CapacityPlus. Mario Melo 2/4 Room, Atlante Plaza Hotel


Tuesday, 12 November

Alfredo Fort presents as part of Track Session 3.3: Measuring health workforce performance. Pernambuco Convention Center

Dykki Settle presents as part of Track Session 3.5: Innovations in HRH information systems. Pernambuco Convention Center

Kate Tulenko moderates and Constance Newman presents as part of Track Session 4.3: Promoting and managing diversity of health workers for universal health coverage. Pernambuco Convention Center

IntraHealth International and CapacityPlus served as the overall Theme 4 organizer.


Saturday, 9 November

Ok Pannenborg (chair of the Global Advisory Board on Strengthening Medical, Nursing, and Public Health Schools in Developing Countries) chairs and Wanda Jaskiewicz presents as part of SE13 Human resources for health policies for universal health coverage: Understanding health workforce responses in a dynamic labor market context. Sponsor: World Bank, WHO; Cosponsor: CapacityPlus. Lula Ayres Room, Atlante Plaza Hotel

Rebecca Bailey presents as part of SE8 Promising practices/new tools: Strengthening the health workforce and improving the health care workforce: The role of academic institutions. Sponsor: Johnson & Johnson. Mario Melo 2/4 Room, Atlante Plaza Hotel

Sunday, 10 November

Pamela McQuide presents as part of SE24 Making the most of your HRH investments: Using the Workload Indicators of Staffing Need tool for determining evidence-based staffing requirements to support HRH planners and policy makers. Sponsor: WHO/Regional Office for Africa; Cosponsor: IntraHealth. Lula Ayres Room, Atlante Plaza Hotel

Wanda Jaskiewicz, Kate Tulenko, and Vincent Oketcho present as part of SE28 How to recruit and retain health workers in rural and remote areas in developing countries—using discrete choice experiment to inform policy design and implementation. Sponsors: WHO and World Bank; Cosponsor: CapacityPlus. Lula Ayres Room, Atlante Plaza Hotel

Rebecca Bailey and Sonia Brito-Anderson present as part of SE16 Rising to the challenge of improving human resources for health supply chains—the People that Deliver initiative. Sponsor: People that Deliver. Mario Melo 1/3 Room, Atlante Plaza Hotel

Wednesday, 13 November

Rebecca Bailey and Dykki Settle present as part of SE30 Improving health worker in-service training effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability: Harvesting good practices and lessons learnt. Sponsor: University Research Co., LLC. Mario Melo 2/4 Room, Atlante Plaza Hotel

Dykki Settle presents as part of SE12 Advances in strengthening health workforce information, monitoring and evaluation at the national level. Sponsor: Health Workforce Information Reference Group; Cosponsor: CapacityPlus. Gilberto Freire Room, Atlante Plaza Hotel

Visit CapacityPlus, the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, and IntraHealth at Booth 10.

Come to IntraHealth’s reception with food, drinks, and special guests: Tuesday, 12 November, 18:30-20:30, Restaurant on the Mezzanine, Pernambuco Convention Center.

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November 12–15, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Hosted by The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia, the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning will focus on the theme of “Full Access, Full Choice.” CapacityPlus lead partner IntraHealth is a member of the conference’s International Steering Committee and will be giving a number of presentations.

CapacityPlus will present Family Planning: It Takes a Health Workforce (panel moderated by Perle Combary with presentations by Demba Traoré of IntraHealth International, Patrick Mugirwa of Partners in Population and Development, and Sherine Athero of African Population & Health Research Center). CapacityPlus’s Randi Burlew will also give an oral presentation, Exploring Contraceptive Use Differentials in Sub-Saharan Africa through a Health Workforce Lens.