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Knowledge Library

HRH Global Resource Center

HRH Global Resource CenterThe HRH Global Resource Center is CapacityPlus’s digital library of human resources for health (HRH) information. The world‘s largest online digital library dedicated to HRH issues in developing countries, it contains approximately 5,000 resources and offers free librarian support. Users can browse by subject, resource type, and geographic area as well as access HRH overviews and special collections. The HRH Global Resource Center’s eLearning platform offers free courses in English, French, and Spanish with certificates of completion.

MEPI Connect—An Open Source Graduate Tracking Software System: Resource Requirements to Customize and Implement the System

MEPI Connect is a software system that supports medical schools to track and engage with their graduates. The system allows users to view and analyze graduates’ demographic and professional information. The information is obtained initially from the school registrar’s office, then from the graduates themselves, and, when possible, from human resources information systems at ministries of health and/or professional councils. The software was developed by the PEPFAR-funded Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Physician Tracking Technical Working Group in collaboration with CapacityPlus and the MEPI Coordinating Center. This document describes resource requirements to customize and implement the system.

Estimating the Cost of Educating and Training Nurses and Midwives: Balancing Quantity and Quality

This case study is part of the interactive ePlatform for the World Health Organization’s guidelines on transforming and scaling up health professionals’ education and training. Knowledge about the cost of educating and training health workers is needed to support education program planning and management and to inform advocacy for increased investment. Ethiopia’s federal ministries of health and education collaborated with CapacityPlus and the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative to conduct a cost analysis of the nursing and midwifery programs at two colleges. The objectives were to estimate the cost of producing a graduate; identify fixed-asset constraints to scaling up the quantity and/or improving quality of graduates; and simulate the new cost per graduate for interventions to increase the quality of graduates.

Investing in Health Workforce Education and Training for Expanded Access to Essential Health Services for Underserved Populations

CapacityPlus developed and applied methodologies and instruments to estimate the cost to an educational institution and its affiliated clinical practice facilities of educating a single health worker; identify targeted investments likely to increase production while maintaining the quality of graduates; and strengthen the capacity of school leaders to better manage human, financial, material, and intellectual resources. Presented at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok (January 26–31, 2015), this poster highlights methods and findings from costing studies performed at one medical school in South Africa and two nursing and midwifery schools in Ethiopia, as well as broader capacity assessments of 19 Nigerian health professional schools.

Working Paper on the Role of Social Service Workforce Development in Care Reform

This working paper explores the topic of social service workforce development as it relates to child care reform. It is intended to be a useful resource for reform efforts and a practical overview for use by policy-makers, practitioners, and service providers in contexts that are either considering the implications of care reforms for their social service workforce or are already engaged in a process. The paper illustrates key issues by drawing on the experiences of Indonesia, Moldova, and Rwanda, three countries in the process of reform, each within their own context and history, social and political system, protection structure and services, and social service education system.

Dominican Republic Human Resources for Health

The Office of Health Systems in USAID’s Global Health Bureau selected CapacityPlus’s collaboration with the Dominican Republic as one of its Top Ten Health Systems Strengthening Cases. CapacityPlus supported the Ministry of Health in a process of payroll reform and increased transparency in budgeting practices. The process revealed nearly 10,000 ghost workers—individuals who receive a salary but are not working—who represented approximately 30% of the Ministry’s budget. The Ministry began a phased approach to clean its payroll by reclaiming the salaries of the ghost workers, resulting in savings of over $6 million annually. These savings are being used to improve HIV and other health services through hiring of new health workers, increasing salaries by 10% to provide more equitable remuneration and increase motivation, eliminating user fees, and investing in other health sector reforms, such as setting up a better procurement process for HIV testing kits and antiretroviral drugs. In turn, this reinvestment is contributing to improved service delivery and health status.

Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit: Designing Evidence-Based Incentives for Health Workers

Rapid Retention Survey ToolkitThe Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit is designed to help countries determine what would motivate health workers to accept and remain in rural posts. It builds on the World Health Organization global policy recommendations for rural retention and is based on the discrete choice experiment (DCE), a powerful research method that identifies the trade-offs professionals are willing to make between specific job characteristics and determines their preferences for various incentive packages, including the probability of accepting a post in a rural facility. Employing a simplified version of the DCE methodology, the toolkit guides HR managers through the survey process to quickly assess health students’ and health workers’ motivational preferences to accept a position and continue working in underserved facilities. The results can be used to create evidence-based incentive packages that are appropriate within a country’s health labor market. Read more »

Gender Equality and Health Workforce Development Advocacy Tool

This forthcoming online tool focuses on aspects of gender discrimination in health workforce development specifically related to preservice education, such as issues affecting health professional students and faculty. If you would like us to contact you when we publish this tool, please let us know.