People that Deliver is a global initiative that aims to build global and national capacity to plan, finance, develop, support, and retain the national workforces needed for the effective, efficient, and sustainable management of health supply chains. The Ministry of Health and Social Services in Namibia requested People that Deliver to support the country in applying a set of targeted interventions to strengthen the supply chain management workforce. One of the interventions was a rapid retention survey to understand incentives and retention schemes needed to attract and retain pharmacists and pharmacist assistants to underserved public sector facilities across Namibia.CapacityPlus applied its Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit to determine the benefits and incentives most likely to attract and retain pharmacists and pharmacist assistants to rural, public sector services in Namibia. The findings are presented in this report.
CapacityPlus raised awareness of the need to professionalize under-recognized cadres of health workers that play essential roles in well-functioning health systems, including contributing to the launch of global coalitions and tools to strengthen and support the supply chain and social service workforces.
People that Deliver is a global initiative that aims to address human resources inefficiencies in the public health supply chain. With the challenges faced in Namibia, the Ministry of Health and Social Services requested that People that Deliver pilot, with support from CapacityPlus, an integrated set of interventions to strengthen the supply chain management workforce. One of these interventions was to estimate the types and numbers of supply chain workers needed at central and regional medical stores based on the estimated workload. The World Health Organization’s Workload Indicators of Staffing Needs (WISN) tool was used to estimate the required number of pharmacists, pharmacist assistants, and clerks required at the national and regional levels of the supply chain. The findings, which indicated shortages in all three cadres of supply chain personnel, are presented in this report.
To ensure that medicines and other health commodities reach the people who need them and contribute to improved health, people in the supply chain management (SCM) field must understand and apply effective approaches for developing and managing supply chain workforces. At the same time, those in the human resources for health (HRH) arena must recognize the crucial role of SCM in health service delivery and ensure that HRH policies, strategies, and plans systematically incorporate the supply chain workforce. The objective of this technical brief is to create a bridge between the SCM and HRH communities by describing how the HRH Action Framework can be applied to strengthen the health supply chain workforce, drawing on lessons learned and successes from applications in the health sector.
CapacityPlus hosted an event, Achieving Excellence in the Supply Chain Workforce: The People that Deliver Global Partnership, at the XIX International AIDS Conference. The event highlighted the efforts of the People that Deliver global partnership, a global coalition working to improve the health supply chain workforce in developing countries. Recordings of all the presentations and the discussion session are available for health workforce leaders and others to learn from. Users are invited to continue the conversation.