Strengthening the Supply Chain Management Workforce in Namibia: Results of a Rapid Retention Survey for Pharmacists and Pharmacist Assistants

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.

Applying the Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) Method in Namibia: Challenges and Implications for Human Resources for Health Policy

This article provides a comprehensive overview of the first-ever national application of the Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) tool developed by the World Health Organization. The article describes the steps involved in implementing WISN, a human resources management tool, in Namibia, discusses software and data challenges, summarizes key findings relating to health worker shortages and inequities, and reviews the utility of the WISN findings for policy-makers in Namibia. The authors observe that the WISN method can offer credible workload-based evidence to improve the equity and distribution of health workers within a region or across similar types of facilities nationwide. Perhaps most importantly, the WISN tool allows policy-makers to consider the potential impact of decisions on staff requirements before actually making the decisions.

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