HIV/AIDS

Ramping Up Public Health Supply Chain Workforce Management Skills: Lessons Learned in Latin America and the Caribbean

In response to the evident need for building up the supply chain management workforce, the USAID Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean provided financial support to CapacityPlus to enhance capacities in Central American countries. The project coordinated a regional HIV/AIDS Commodity Security Workshop to share and apply lessons learned from USAID’s ten-year Latin American contraceptive security work and from specific health workforce and supply chain work already done in the region. Additionally, workshops focusing on supply chain workforce motivation and quality of services were held in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. Building on the action plans developed at its workshop, El Salvador sought to delve more deeply into ways to systematically improve the quality of services through supportive supervision. This technical report reviews the actions taken and lessons learned in strengthening and professionalizing the supply chain workforce.

Overcoming Human Resources for Health Constraints for the Delivery of Quality HIV Services

Over the past six years, the USAID- and PEPFAR-funded global CapacityPlus project has assisted PEPFAR countries to identify and address human resources for health (HRH) challenges to accelerate progress toward national HIV goals and the vision of an AIDS-free generation.There are many approaches, achievements, and lessons learned from CapacityPlus’s work that can be leveraged to advance implementation of the PEPFAR 3.0 agenda and the new PEPFAR HRH strategy. This technical brief presents these for each objective of the PEPFAR HRH strategy.

Promoting Gender Equality in the Health Workforce: An Advocacy Tool

Health workforce leaders may not be aware of the ways in which gender discrimination impedes efforts to develop, efficiently deploy, and fairly compensate their workforce. This can result in maldistribution, absenteeism, and a limited pool of motivated health workers, which can negatively impact the provision of health care. This advocacy tool helps users to understand how common forms of gender inequalities and discrimination can negatively affect the health workforce; assess whether health workers may be experiencing one or more forms of discrimination; and successfully advocate and take action through policy-making and improved management to reduce gender discrimination and build a more motivated and effective workforce to serve the population’s family planning, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and other primary health care needs.

Assessing the Relevance, Efficiency, and Sustainability of HIV/AIDS In-Service Training in Nigeria

This article presents the results of an assessment of HIV/AIDS in-service training provided to Nigerian health workers through funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). CapacityPlus conducted the assessment with an online survey tool developed using the In-Service Training Improvement Framework. A total of 39 partners providing PEPFAR-funded in-service training in Nigeria completed the survey. The survey captured the landscape of the types of training provided; the cadres of health workers receiving training; and the processes, procedures, and resources used by partners over the period January 2007–July 2012. Based on the findings, the authors make a number of recommendations for increasing the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS in-service training in Nigeria.

Identifying Challenges, Prioritizing Solutions: Improving Access to Supplies for HIV/AIDS Services

CapacityPlus Voices #13

There are an estimated 1.4 million people living with HIV in Latin America and 230,000 in the Caribbean. But declining donor support in the region makes securing access to HIV medications and supplies a challenge. CapacityPlus facilitated a workshop that brought together stakeholders from five countries to discuss issues related to securing HIV/AIDS commodities and learn best practices. Arelis Batista reflects on the workshop and explains how her team in the Dominican Republic is implementing an action plan to address local challenges. Read more »

Intégration des services de planification familiale et de lutte contre le VIH/SIDA : Réflexions sur le personnel de santé

Ce résumé technique évalue un ensemble de données probantes relatives à la manière dont les agents de santé prennent part à l’intégration des services de planification familiale et de lutte contre le VIH et livre quelques réflexions essentielles sur le personnel de santé impliqué dans ce processus, peu importe le modèle d’intégration choisi.

Integrating Family Planning and HIV/AIDS Services: Health Workforce Considerations

Governments and the global health community are increasingly paying attention to maximizing and measuring impact through service delivery integration efforts. In family planning/HIV service integration, for example, benefits include increased access to both types of services, improved quality of care, and enhanced program effectiveness. While it takes health workers to deliver these services, most of the evaluations of service integration models have largely ignored health workers as an input to, or output of, integrated service delivery. This technical brief assesses the evidence on the role of health workers in the integration of family planning and HIV services and discusses key health worker considerations when integrating these services.
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