Building Powerful Constituencies to Address the Health Workforce Crisis: The Importance of Global Partnerships

To foster action on the global human resources for health (HRH) crisis, a sense of urgency must be sustained at global, regional, and national levels. Many organizations, governments, and agencies are engaged in promoting sound HRH policies and practices; however, no single entity can resolve health workforce challenges on its own. The goal of global leadership and partnership is to engage a diverse variety of stakeholders across multiple sectors to promote ongoing action to address the HRH crisis and support advancement toward universal health coverage. Read more »

More Nurses in the Right Places: CapacityPlus Celebrates International Nurses Day and Takes Part in ICN Congress

“I became a health worker to help our brothers and sisters, everyone who’s sick,” says Nurse Alphonsine Nyangé, who works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “I really had the passion to take care of the sick,” echoes Nurse Mariam Louise Walusimbi in Uganda.

On May 12 CapacityPlus salutes these dedicated nurses and so many others like them around the world, in celebration of International Nurses Day. And from May 18–23, CapacityPlus will take part in the International Council of Nurses 25th Quadrennial Congress. This event will highlight how nurses are key to ensuring access to quality health care for all, and provide a global platform for sharing nursing knowledge. Read more »

New Publication Spotlight: Creating an Enabling Environment for Human Resources for Health Program Implementation in Three African Countries

What contributes to successful implementation of interventions to strengthen the health workforce? A new CapacityPlus publication, Creating an Enabling Environment for Human Resources for Health Program Implementation in Three African Countries, identifies three key focus areas that may make the difference—advocacy, partnerships, and technical expertise. Read more »

Special Collection Makes Health Workforce Resources from Sudan Available to the Public

The HRH Global Resource Center launched a Special Collections feature that enables collaboration with projects, organizations, and groups working in the field of human resources for health (HRH) to provide access to key documents and tools. 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 »

Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health to Focus on Health Workforce Issues

The steering committee of the Network of African Parliamentary Committees on Health (NEAPACOH) has decided that human resources for health (HRH) will be one of its main areas of focus for the next two years, along with maternal health, family planning, and health financing. The decision came at a meeting of the committee in Kampala, Uganda on April 12, hosted by CapacityPlus associate partner Partners in Population and Development (PPD). Read more »

Getting the Right Health Workers in the Right Places: Namibia Applies WISN Tool

One step in improving the accessibility and quality of health care is to establish what numbers and types of health workers are needed to match the volume of services in particular facilities. In Namibia, where staffing norms had not been revised in over 10 years, CapacityPlus is assisting the Ministry of Health and Social Services to use the Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) tool to estimate workload requirements for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists in all 13 regions of the country. Read more »

Who Are We Celebrating for World Health Worker Week? We’re Starting with Nadine from the DRC

CapacityPlus is celebrating health workers all week long, as part of the first ever World Health Worker Week! Throughout the week, global health organizations and projects will educate people on who health workers are and why they’re important. We’ll also advocate for taking actions to solve challenges and address the global health workforce shortage.

Each day we will feature amazing health workers from our “I’m a Health Worker” video series, which highlights how CapacityPlus places health workers at the center of our efforts to strengthen the health workforce. Embracing the World Health Organization’s broad definition, the videos feature health workers from lab technicians to nurses, midwives, and doctors to ministry officials. Read more »

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