CapacityPlus NewsletterJuly 2014
India Uses iHRIS to Improve Health Service Delivery

India needs accurate data on its health workforce in order to improve the population’s access to care. What skills and qualifications do the current health workers have? Where are they posted? Are they deployed to the areas of greatest need—and if so, are they being retained? And to recruit more health workers and deploy them strategically, India needs data on where vacancies exist and which cadres are in greatest demand. This information is vital for public health decision-making and planning.

Jharkhand State is partnering with CapacityPlus to strengthen and support statewide scale-up of its human resources information system (HRIS).
Today Jharkhand’s customized iHRIS provides a comprehensive picture of the State’s public health workforce, including each worker’s current posting, employment and training history, specialization, and projected retirement date. A few examples of the impact:
  • 112 medical officers redeployed to community health centers designated as first referral units
  • 36 first referral units are now fully functioning, up from 18
  • 450 new medical officers recruited (34% increase) and posted in high-vacancy districts
  • 900,000 additional people can now access health services. Read more »
Transitioning Health Worker Support

To expand access to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services, PEPFAR has been supporting health workers in over 30 countries. To assist PEPFAR country teams to transition health worker support to country-owned entities, USAID and CapacityPlus conducted key informant interviews in countries where transition was underway. The interviews led to the development of the Health Care Worker Transition Framework and an interactive website. Presented at the International AIDS Conference, this poster summarizes the five elements of the framework along with key questions and sample resources. Read more »

Recruitment of Community Health Workers

Recruiting and selecting the most appropriate person to fill the role of a community health worker is a vital element of a functional local health system. Community health workers are often the only ones able to reach critical populations in underserved areas, and are key to providing family planning, HIV, and other essential services as countries move toward universal health coverage.
A chapter on community health worker recruitment by CapacityPlus’s Wanda Jaskiewicz and Rachel Deussom appears in MCHIP’s new publication, Developing and Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs at Scale: A Reference Guide and Case Studies for Program Managers and Policymakers. Read more »
Social Service Workforce Spotlight

The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance’s YouTube channel features easy-to-view recordings of each of the Alliance’s past webinars.

Also check out a blog post on the Alliance’s symposium: Experts Discuss How to Strengthen Workforce.

HRH Global Resource Center Survey

The HRH Global Resource Center is CapacityPlus’s digital library of human resources for health information. We encourage you to take a user survey so we can better understand your needs and shape the Global Resource Center’s services and delivery options accordingly. Your responses will be confidential. We will not collect any personal information, such as your name or email address. Take the survey »

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Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research
September 29 – October 3, Cape Town

8th Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on HRH Conference
October 27–31, Weihai

The Network: Towards Unity For Health Annual Meeting
November 19–23, Fortaleza

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