CapacityPlus NewsletterApril 2013
New Tools for Health Workforce Development
Scaling Up Health Worker Production: The Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach

Countries need to rapidly scale up the production of health workers in order to ensure universal access to health care and address the global shortage of over four million doctors, nurses, midwives, and support workers. In many cases, small but targeted investments in the preservice education of health workers can lead to measurable increases in the production of qualified and competent graduates. This technical brief introduces an approach for identifying bottlenecks that get in the way of quality preservice education and for prioritizing actions to increase the number of graduates while maintaining or improving the quality of education.

CapacityPlus Technical Brief #9 is available as an interactive online version and a PDF.
Innovative Financing Options for the Preservice Education of Health Professionals

Many developing countries are making significant investments to increase the number of health workers available to provide care to growing populations. However, the available funding is far short of what is required. For these countries to train and produce a health workforce sufficient to meet the populations’ needs, new sources of funding for health worker education need to be found. To address this problem, CapacityPlus partnered with the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank, and the Global Health Workforce Alliance in an exploration of innovative solutions for the financing of health worker education. This technical brief presents a summary of the forms of financing proposed or documented through this process.
CapacityPlus Technical Brief #8 is available as an interactive online version and a PDF.

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News and Resources

Malik Jaffer Brings Health Workforce and Systems Expertise to CapacityPlus

IntraHealth International has named Malik Jaffer as CapacityPlus‘s deputy director, human resources for health and health systems strengthening. “We’re delighted that Malik is taking on this key position, and I’m confident that he will help us continue to create innovations for addressing the global health workforce crisis,” said Kate Tulenko, director of CapacityPlus and senior director for health systems innovation at IntraHealth. Read more »

Honoring Female Health Workers

“It started a long time ago when I was still young,” recalls Mariam Louise Walusimbi. “I really had the passion to take care of the sick.” She’s now a critical care nurse in Uganda. Mary Gitari’s heart was touched when she first caught a glimpse of nurses in their bright white uniforms. “When I visited the hospital,” she remembers, “I saw how beautiful the nurses looked, and how they were giving good care to their patients. I wanted to be one of them.” She’s now a nursing officer in Kenya. Read more »
HRH Professional Development at the District Level

This report shares lessons learned from Uganda and—using this experience as a foundation—offers selected suggestions for how other countries might develop and implement HRH professional development programs at subnational levels. Read more »

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Nigeria Spotlight

CapacityPlus recently launched a scholarship bursary scheme as a mechanism for supporting preservice education in Nigeria. The launch events, held in Edo and Benue States, were well attended by government dignitaries and beneficiaries. For me, it was a joyful thing to see smiles on the faces of indigent students who now could breathe some air of hope.
CapacityPlus is working to increase the number of new health workers produced in Nigeria—in particular by supporting the preservice education and qualification of midwives and community health extension workers. Read more »

From Our Blog

“You Never Think It Will Happen to You”: Health Workers Confront the Risks of TB

Providing Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Strengthening the Health Workforce through eHealth Innovation

US Investments in Foreign Aid Provide a Healthy Return

"I'm a Health Worker"

Lazarus Filiya, Nigeria
Lazarus shares what he likes most about his role in the United Methodist Church’s rural health program.  
Rosa Lara de Forela, Guatemala
Rosa explains why she’s so passionate about being a health worker and what she finds challenging.


SwitchPoint Conference, Retreat, and Concert
April 19–20, Saxapahaw, NC

AAMC Physician Workforce Research Conference
May 2–3, Alexandria, VA

National Network of Social Work Management Institute
May 16–17, Newark, NJ

ICN 25th Quadrennial Congress
May 18–23, Melbourne

Women Deliver 2013
May 28–30, Kuala Lumpur

Third Global Forum on HRH
November 10-13, Recife

The CapacityPlus Partnership
IntraHealth International (lead partner), Abt Associates, IMA World Health, Liverpool Associates in Tropical Health (LATH), Training Resources Group, Inc. (TRG).

Associate Partners
African Population & Health Research Center (APHRC), Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH), West African Institute of Post-Graduate Management Studies (CESAG), Partners in Population and Development (PPD).

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