Knowledge-Sharing Event Focuses on Transforming Health Worker Education and Training

With the global deficit of qualified health workers already large and increasing, heightened attention is being paid to ensuring that sufficient numbers of competent and qualified health workers are produced and retained where they are most needed. On March 18, CapacityPlus hosted a knowledge-sharing and dissemination event—Transforming and Scaling Up Health Workforce Education and Training for Health Equity—to advance the dialogue on overcoming challenges in health workforce development. Read more »

Dominican Republic Launches Health Worker Job Descriptions and Orientation Manuals

On February 19, the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Public Administration launched new job description manuals for the posts of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and bioanalysts, along with an orientation manual for each of these positions. Read more »

Special Event Highlights Evidence on Health Workforce Recruitment, Retention, and Productivity

With the USAID ASSIST Project and the World Bank, CapacityPlus cohosted a knowledge-sharing and dissemination event—Supporting Country-Led Efforts to Recruit and Retain Health Workers and Improve Their Productivity—at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on February 18. The three-hour program focused on the latest evidence from country applications of innovations to strengthen health workforce recruitment, retention, and productivity. Read more »

Nineteen Countries Save $149 Million with Open Source Health Workforce Information Systems

Nineteen countries are now using iHRIS, a free and open source human resources information system, to support over 810,000 health worker records. It would cost more than $149 million in licensing fees alone for these countries to support a similar number of records with a proprietary system purchased from for-profit companies. Read more »

CapacityPlus Experts Contribute to Special Issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization Focusing on Human Resources for Universal Health Coverage

Global commitment to achieving universal health coverage is growing, but improved health service coverage requires concerted efforts to address human resources for health (HRH) challenges.

A special issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization addresses the topic of human resources for universal health coverage from a variety of angles. Among the special issue’s offerings are three papers—including two of the Bulletin’s four “policy and practice” articles—by CapacityPlus experts. The three articles focus on retention of rural health workers, integration of community health workers, and leveraging of information and communication technologies, respectively. Read more »

“I’m Proud to Be a Health Worker”: Improving HR Management at Faith-Based Organizations in Kenya

Mary Kinyariro works at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. For a long time, she thought managers paid little attention to making sure employees were qualified and supported. “Patient attendants even gave medicines in those days, as well as feed the patient or make beds. I never saw meetings of managers and staff.” Her colleague John Kuria lacked clarity about his job. “Things were not clear. I was never appraised on my performance.” Read more »

Global Health Workforce Expert Jennifer Macias Joins CapacityPlus

IntraHealth International has named Jennifer Macias as CapacityPlus’s deputy director, human resources for health and health systems strengthening. Read more »

“I Can Fulfill My Dream”: Helping Nursing and Midwifery Students Go Back to School in Northern Mali

In Mali’s remote northern region, the Gao Nursing School was hailed as a model for other regional nursing and midwifery schools in the country and cited as a Center of Excellence in community-supported, performance-based training.

But during the country’s political crisis that began in early 2012, the school was heavily looted and forced to close.

“We had teaching materials here estimated at 160 million FCFA [about $330,000],” said Dr. Hamada Maiga, the school’s director general. “All that was pillaged.” Read more »

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