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“Everything Changed”: An HR Manager’s Path to Strengthening the Health System

CapacityPlus Voices #14

Effective management of a country’s health workforce is a vital component of a strong health system. Too often, though, human resources management is a weak link in the chain. To support the Dominican Republic Ministry of Health, CapacityPlus conducted a three-part program in leadership and management for central and regional HR managers. Participant Diana Santana shares her dramatic transformation. Read more »

Identifying Challenges, Prioritizing Solutions: Improving Access to Supplies for HIV/AIDS Services

CapacityPlus Voices #13

There are an estimated 1.4 million people living with HIV in Latin America and 230,000 in the Caribbean. But declining donor support in the region makes securing access to HIV medications and supplies a challenge. CapacityPlus facilitated a workshop that brought together stakeholders from five countries to discuss issues related to securing HIV/AIDS commodities and learn best practices. Arelis Batista reflects on the workshop and explains how her team in the Dominican Republic is implementing an action plan to address local challenges. Read more »

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.

“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.

Nurses Needed: Partnering to Scale Up Health Worker Education in Malawi

Verah Nkosi, a nursing-midwifery student at the Kamuzu College of Nursing in Malawi, shares her perspective and illustrates some common challenges for increasing the quantity and quality of graduates from health professional schools. Also available in French.

Reaching into the Community: Health Workers and Population Growth

Scott Radloff, director of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, talks about successful strategies to bring integrated health services to communities in need. Also available in French.

Motivating Health Workers to Serve in Rural Lao PDR

Dr. Chanthakhath Papassarang, Dr. Phouthone Vangkonevilay, and Dr. Outavong Phathammavong describe an effort to assess health workers’ preferences in order to determine the most effective incentives for rural service. Also available in French.

Improving Health Systems with the Power of Open Source

Dr. Alvin Marcelo, associate professor of surgery and medical informatics at the University of the Philippines Manila, talks about his plan to use a set of applications to produce aggregated information that can help health-sector leaders address gaps and improve health outcomes. Also available in French.