CapacityPlus NewsletterMarch 2014
Countries Save $149 Million with iHRIS Software

Nineteen countries are now using iHRIS, a free and open source human resources information system, to support over 810,000 health worker records. It would cost more than $149 million in licensing fees alone for these countries to support a similar number of records with a proprietary system purchased from for-profit companies.

Botswana, Chad, DR Congo, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda are using iHRIS to track, manage, and plan for their health workforces. Read more »

Knowledge-Sharing Event

With the USAID ASSIST Project and the World Bank, CapacityPlus cohosted a knowledge-sharing and dissemination event—Supporting Country-Led Efforts to Recruit and Retain Health Workers and Improve Their Productivity—at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on February 18. The three-hour program focused on the latest evidence from country applications of innovations to strengthen health workforce recruitment, retention, and productivity. Through a combination of panel presentations, interactive roundtable groups, and moderated question-and-answer sessions, participants learned about and discussed various approaches and tools that can be used to develop policies to strengthen recruitment, retention, and productivity and improve access to high-quality family planning, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and other health services. Read more and access videos and presentations »
Kenya Improves Health Workforce Management

Mary Kinyariro works at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. For a long time, she thought managers paid little attention to making sure employees were qualified and supported. “Patient attendants even gave medicines in those days, as well as feed the patient or make beds. I never saw meetings of managers and staff.” Her colleague John Kuria lacked clarity about his job. “Things were not clear. I was never appraised on my performance.” Read more »

GHWA Members Platform

CapacityPlus is the featured member in March on the Global Health Workforce Alliance Members’ Platform. We published the following comments (the first two are also on our blog) and encourage you to contribute to the discussion:
Supporting Country-Led Efforts to Recruit and Retain Health Workers and Improve Their Productivity

Open Source Health Workforce Information Systems

How CapacityPlus Is Helping Countries Improve Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Workforce Activities
Dominican Republic Spotlight

On February 19, the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Public Administration launched new job description manuals for the posts of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and bioanalysts, along with an orientation manual for each of these positions.

CapacityPlus helped develop these documents, which are the first of their kind for health workers in the Dominican Republic.

“These manuals will support better functions of management, supervision, coordination, and discipline of institutional personnel,” said Minister of Health Dr. Freddy Hidalgo Nuñez at the launch event, “as well as facilitate recruitment and selection of qualified staff for each post.” Read more »


Supporting Families, Building a Better Tomorrow for Children: The Role of the Social Service Workforce
April 29, Washington, DC, and live webcast
Better Data, Stronger Workforce: iHRIS Health Workforce Information Solutions
May 6, Washington, DC

"I'm a Health Worker"

Spend a minute with four midwifery students in Nigeria who received scholarships from CapacityPlus:

Jennifer Aggrey
Why she wants to work in a rural area
Ifeoma Akaniro
How she’ll help her country make progress in MDG 5
Emem Christopher
Why she loves assisting women to give birth safely
Kalu Janet
How she plans to work in the north

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

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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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