CapacityPlus NewsletterDecember 2012
New Health Worker Retention Toolkit

We need more health workers, especially in rural and remote areas. According to the World Health Organization, nearly half of the world’s population lives in these areas, yet less than 38% of the world’s nurses and a quarter of the world’s doctors work there. How can countries ensure health workers are deployed where they are needed most?
CapacityPlus announces the Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit: Designing Evidence-Based Incentives for Health Workers, a new tool that will help health leaders find out what motivates health workers to accept posts in rural areas—and to stay there.
The Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit builds on the WHO’s global policy recommendations, which describe ways to retain more health workers in rural and remote areas by combining interventions and approaches related to education, financial incentives, regulation, and professional development. Given the limited resources in the public health sector, it is essential to choose the correct combination that will most effectively attract and retain health workers to provide services in rural clinics from the start.

The toolkit is based on the discrete choice experiment, a powerful research method that identifies the trade-offs professionals are willing to make between specific job characteristics and determines their preferences for various incentive packages.

The toolkit includes step-by-step instructions for conducting the survey, sample formats, and examples that can easily be adapted to a specific country context.

CapacityPlus’s HRH Global Resource Center produced and published a free online course to train users on how to apply the Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit. The eLearning course provides detailed instructions on implementing the elements of the toolkit and video demonstrations of the specialized software required for data analysis. Read more »

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Rwanda Spotlight

Today a woman in Rwanda has a better chance of delivering her baby safely than she did a decade ago. Health workers are playing a big part in this achievement, along with greater access to information.

These days more births are attended by skilled health workers (69% in 2010 compared to 52% in 2008). And, thanks to a new national eHealth system, health workers in Rwamagana District now have immediate access to a mother’s health information—even from another clinic, or from data captured in the community—to make informed decisions about which services to provide. Read more »

"I'm a Health Worker"

Listen to health workers speak from the heart, and learn what we’re doing to help.

Raissa Tshindibo, Nurse in the DRC
Tshindibo shares why she became a health worker and what she likes best about her job.

Susan Alio, Midwife in Uganda
Alio talks about what she loves about her job and how staff shortages affect performance.

Featured Blog Post

Post-MDG Themes
The two themes I see emerging are universal access to health care and aging/chronic disease. I see incredible opportunity for the health workforce community to contribute to these goals. 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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