CapacityPlus NewsletterFebruary 2012
Scaling Up Health Worker Education

Verah Nkosi didn’t dream of becoming a health worker. “It wasn’t always my passion,” admits the 21-year-old student of nursing-midwifery in Malawi. But she was assigned to the Kamuzu College of Nursing, and her education is supported by the government.

The skills she is acquiring are in high demand, especially in rural and remote areas. The vacancy rate for nursing and midwifery positions in Malawi’s public sector is 65%, but producing more health workers to fill the gaps is no easy task. In the latest edition of CapacityPlus Voices, Nurses Needed: Partnering to Scale Up Health Worker Education in Malawi, Nkosi shares her perspective and illustrates some common challenges for increasing the quantity and quality of graduates from health professional schools.

To move toward a more effective system of health worker training, Malawi is participating in the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI), led by PEPFAR. Read more »

Uganda’s National System for Health Workforce Data

On February 7, the Uganda Ministry of Health and USAID/Uganda jointly launched the country’s Human Resources for Health Information System (HRHIS), which provides up-to-date information on the country’s health workforce for evidence-based decision-making. Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi presided over a launch ceremony at the Hotel Africana; Minister of Health Honorable Richard Nduhura delivered a speech and held a press conference.

Uganda’s HRHIS is built on the iHRIS software, a suite of open source tools for managing and planning the health workforce developed and supported by CapacityPlus, as well as other USAID-funded projects led by IntraHealth International. Because the software is open source, the IntraHealth-led Uganda Capacity Program tailored it to meet Uganda’s specific needs. Read more »

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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