CapacityPlus NewsletterJanuary 2014
Applying WISN in Namibia

In countries with health workforce shortages, how can health systems close the gap between existing and required numbers of health workers? Having access to reliable workload information is an important first step.

In Namibia, the Ministry of Health and Social Services wanted to update staffing norms for public-sector health facilities—ranging from large hospitals to smaller health centers and clinics. The Ministry used the Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) tool developed by the World Health Organization to establish an evidence base for the new norms. An article published in the journal Human Resources for Health describes this first-ever national application of WISN and explores some of the challenges encountered. Read more »

Most Popular Posts of 2013

Here are the top 10 most popular news articles and blog posts of 2013 on the CapacityPlus website. Learn more about how countries are using our tools and approaches to strengthen the health workforce: Scaling Up Health Worker Education

CapacityPlus launched two new eLearning courses to help countries scale up health workforce education and training:

Innovative Financing for Preservice Education of Health Professionals provides an overview of creative financing mechanisms designed to help a health professional education institution reach its funding goals. Participants will learn how to select, prioritize, and implement new financing mechanisms.

Private-Sector Participation in Preservice Health Education explores critical success factors in private-sector health education and training that are also relevant to public institutions. Read more »
Uganda Spotlight
Agnes Masagwayi has a fierce determination to give her community the best possible care. But as a clinical health officer in Mbale District, Uganda, she knows how difficult it can be.

Her health facility often lacked running water. Essential drugs ran out. Space for maternity care was so limited that women often had to deliver their babies on the floor. And there weren’t nearly enough health workers to meet the community’s demand for care.

However, working conditions started to improve when Agnes and her district health officer joined 18 other districts in the HRH Leadership and Management Program. Read more »

January 27–31, Pattaya
Prince Mahidol Award Conference

February 18, Washington, DC
Supporting Country-Led Efforts to Recruit and Retain Health Workers and Improve Their Productivity
CapacityPlus is cohosting this event with USAID ASSIST and the World Bank. Participants will learn about the latest evidence from country applications of innovations to strengthen health workforce recruitment, retention, and productivity to improve access to high-quality family planning, HIV/AIDS, and other primary health services.

March 18, Washington, DC
Transforming and Scaling Up Health Professional Education

May 6, Washington, DC
Better Data, Stronger Workforce: iHRIS Health Workforce Information Solutions

"I'm a Health Worker"
Dr. Mfutila Tsitukenina, Principal Medical Officer in Namibia

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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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