Groundbreaking Report Shows Strong Social Services Improve Wellbeing of Vulnerable Children and Families

The State of the Social Service Workforce 2015 Report, released last week by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, demonstrates how gaps in workforce support and funding negatively affect the quality and effectiveness of social services, leading to missed opportunities for improving the wellbeing of the world’s most vulnerable populations. The report is a review of the social service workforce in 15 countries. Read more »

HRH Global Resource Center May Update

This monthly update from the HRH Global Resource Center provides information on the latest resources, improvements, and news from this digital library devoted to human resources for health (HRH). Read more »

Mali Uses Health Workforce Data to Improve Access to Care for Those Most in Need

Like many countries, Mali doesn’t have enough health workers. Eighty-three of the world’s countries fall short of the World Health Organization’s minimum threshold of 23 health workers per 10,000 population.

“There is a need to ask the government to make much more of an effort to remedy the shortage of health workers,” said Mali’s current director of human resources for health, Dr. Idrissa Cissé. “But there is also the need to figure out if there isn’t a better manner to distribute the health workforce.” Read more »

HRH Global Resource Center April Update

This monthly update from the HRH Global Resource Center provides information on the latest resources, improvements, and news from this digital library devoted to human resources for health (HRH). Read more »

New Resource Spotlight: Promoting Gender Equality in the Health Workforce: An Advocacy Tool

Health workers save lives, but the world doesn’t have enough health workers to meet the global demand. Many countries are striving to strengthen their health workforce and improve health outcomes, but health leaders may not be aware of the ways in which gender discrimination is impeding their efforts.

Gender discrimination hinders initiatives to develop and efficiently deploy the health workforce, which can result in maldistribution, absenteeism, and a limited pool of motivated health workers. This in turn negatively impacts the population’s access to high-quality health care. Read more »

New Publication Spotlight: Use of an Interactive Voice Response System to Deliver Refresher Training in Senegal

For the 222 million women who have an unmet need for modern contraception, increasing access to high-quality family planning services is essential.

As countries work to scale up the number of health workers, it also makes sense to focus on the existing workforce. In-service training can improve the quality of family planning services by updating health workers’ knowledge, but it is often expensive and requires providers to leave their posts during the training.

CapacityPlus developed, deployed, and assessed an innovative mLearning system to deliver refresher training to family planning providers, focusing on management of contraceptive side effects and counseling to dispel misconceptions. The pilot application among 20 midwives, nurses, nursing assistants, and health agents took place in Meckhé and Tivouane districts in Thiès Region, Senegal. Read more »

Dominican Republic Focuses on Health Workforce Systems to Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation

USAID/Dominican Republic has awarded IntraHealth International a two-year associate award to build on CapacityPlus’s achievements in the Dominican Republic.

Critical to the country’s efforts to improve access to high-quality HIV services is a focus on the health workforce and the systems used to manage and support these valuable human resources. The new project, Improving HIV Service Outcomes through Strengthening Human Resources Management, will refine key systems at the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Public Administration, hospitals, and other institutions. HR management is the integrated use of systems, policies, and practices that provide the range of functions needed to plan, produce, deploy, manage, and sustain the health workforce. Read more »

More Students Fulfill Their Dreams of Becoming Midwives and Community Health Workers in Nigeria

Kalu Janet“I want to be a midwife because it is a privilege to be the first to help a woman bring life into this world, and to do it in a safe way to save lives,” says Kalu Janet. She started working toward her goal by enrolling in FCT School of Midwifery, Gwagwalada. But for financial reasons she feared she would have to drop out and put her dream on hold.

Many other health students faced the same situation, and an assessment provided evidence that financial difficulties are among the most common reasons for student attrition and low production of health workers in Nigeria. In collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders, CapacityPlus implemented a unique scholarship program for midwifery and community health extension worker students who were at risk of dropping out. Read more »

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