CapacityPlus NewsletterJune 2013
Study on Family Planning and Health Workforce

Sub-Saharan Africa’s modern contraceptive prevalence rate is 19%. However, behind this figure there is a lot of diversity among countries. Somalia, for example, has a contraceptive prevalence rate of just 1%, while South Africa has a rate of 60%. There are also distinct regional differences—western and central Africa lag far behind eastern and southern Africa in terms of contraceptive prevalence.

Exploring Contraceptive Use Differentials in Sub-Saharan Africa through a Health Workforce Lens presents findings from a study that explored if and how health workforce measures differ between eastern and western Africa, in an effort to identify factors that may have helped some countries to achieve important gains in contraceptive prevalence while other countries have not.

The findings raise questions about whether government commitment and certain policy choices vis-à-vis health workforce distribution and qualifications—even when absolute levels of health worker density are low—could make a difference in the provision of family planning services.

To learn more, read the new publication, available as a PDF and an interactive online version.

Improving Health Worker Retention and Productivity
Evidence from a Discrete Choice Experiment

Which incentives would motivate health workers to serve in rural and remote areas of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, where nurses disproportionately live and work in urban centers? To find out, the Ministry of Health—with technical assistance from CapacityPlus and in collaboration with the WHO—used CapacityPlus’s Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit. Read more »

Applying CapacityPlus’s New Health Worker Productivity Tool

An important part of any field test of a new tool is to pretest the data collection instruments to ensure they are easy-to-use and comprehensible, as well as to provide hands-on experience and practice for the data collectors. Our pretest is in Pakgneum District, about an hour’s drive from Vientiane, the capital of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Read more »

Partnering for Progress

Building Powerful Constituencies to Address the Health Workforce Crisis

The goal of global leadership and partnership is to engage a diverse variety of stakeholders across multiple sectors to promote ongoing action to address the health workforce crisis and support advancement toward universal health coverage. Read more »

New Alliance Aims to Strengthen the Social Service Workforce

The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance is comprised of a collaborative network of stakeholders who will help address key social service workforce issues. For those looking to be a part of the global movement to strengthen this key workforce, the Alliance welcomes you to become a member. Read more »
Informatics Spotlight

What does the field of health informatics have to do with health workers? A new technical brief makes the case that health workers must be able to use a number of different computerized resources and tools in their daily work for patient care and health service management, as well as access relevant data and be comfortable with its application. Read more »

From Our Blog

No Health Care without Health Workers

Answering the Call for More Nigerian Midwives
An iHRIS Manage Case Study

Are Health Workers Delivering for Women? And Are We Delivering for Health Workers?

Frontline Health Workers’ Key Role in Improving Nutrition

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"I'm a Health Worker"

Martin Ssendyona, Senior Medical Officer in Uganda
Martin shares his thoughts on what would help him and others in his country to save even more lives.

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New Resource

CapacityPlus conducted a situational analysis of a para-social worker training program in three country contexts. This analysis validated that the twinning model is adaptable and should be employed to build a cadre of para-social workers at the local level. The analysis also provides the needed data for promoting and funding twinning practices and creating para-social worker cadres as an emergency human resources response to serving children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Read more »

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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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