What Health Workers Are Saying about Their Rural Service in Lao PDR

As a young woman in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Souta Phanouvong was interested in learning about medicines so she could help people feel better. It didn’t hurt that her parents were also urging her to study pharmacy.

Last January, soon after completing her pharmacy degree, Souta—along with 399 other newly graduated doctors, pharmacists, and dentists—was assigned to serve three years in one of the country’s rural districts. Read more »

Open Source Software Helps Zanzibar Expand Its Health Workforce

CapacityPlus develops the core iHRIS software and releases routine updates.

Zanzibar, the semiautonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, has increased its health workforce by more than 27% over the past three years by using data from open source tools.

Until 2011, Zanzibar’s Ministry of Health had funds for just 30 new health workers per year. But Zanzibar is home to over 1.3 million people, and its small health workforce of 3,270 was not able to keep up with the population’s health care needs. In fact, the workforce shrank year after year as health workers left the field, retired, or died and were never replaced. Read more »

Countries Save Over $100 Million with Open Source Software and Powerful Data

The free, open source iHRIS software has now given 16 countries powerful data-management capabilities that, if purchased from for-profit companies, would have cost over $100 million in combined licensing fees. Instead, government agencies in Africa, Latin America, and India now use the affordable iHRIS to store over 675,000 health worker records, allowing officials to track, manage, and plan for their health workforces. Read more »

HRH Global Resource Center October 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 Profile Creates New Possibilities for Using Health Workforce Data

The potential for using health workforce data to improve access to quality health services just got greater.

Care Services Discovery, a profile of data standards and guidance for organizing and identifying health facilities, health care organizations, health workers, and health services was recently published by Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise, a global initiative to improve the way health information systems share information. The initiative promotes the use of standards to address clinical needs and is making an effort to make sure these standards are useful and readily implementable in low-resource settings. That’s why CapacityPlus, through its work on an open health information exchange (OpenHIE) project in Rwanda, got involved. The OpenHIE community assured that the new profile will meet the needs of the Rwanda Health Information Exchange. Read more »

New Resource Spotlight: “That’s Improvement!”: Uganda Focuses on Health Workers

Meet three Ugandan health workers who love their jobs. Agnes, Habiba, and Alex find joy in serving their clients, but they face many challenges—and there are simply not enough health workers to meet the demand.

To improve health services, Uganda is focusing on the people that provide quality care. CapacityPlus and the Uganda Capacity Program, both led by IntraHealth International, are supporting the Ugandan government’s efforts to strengthen its health workforce and increase access to quality care. In this short video by CapacityPlus’s Carol Bales and Sarah Dwyer, Ugandan health workers, managers, and leaders show how the country’s efforts are paying off—and how service delivery has improved. Read more »

HRH Global Resource Center September 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 »

Palliative Care Association Endorses iHRIS to Help Transform Patient Care in Africa

The African Palliative Care Association (APCA), which works to reduce unnecessary pain and suffering from life-limiting illnesses across Africa, has endorsed iHRIS, the free, open source platform of health workforce information tools and software supported by CapacityPlus. APCA announced the endorsement during its fourth triennial conference held September 17-20 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more »

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