CapacityPlus NewsletterSeptember 2014
Increasing Access to HIV and Family Planning Services

Alfredo Felix is a peer counselor with the Department of HIV at Jaime Mota Regional Hospital in Barahona, Dominican Republic. “I’ve always felt motivated to work in the community to inform people,” he says. The area shares a border with Haiti and has a large immigrant population at risk for HIV.

CapacityPlus provides assistance to the Ministry of Health to improve the HR management systems that will strengthen the health workforce needed to contribute to an AIDS-free generation and the country’s goals to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV to 2% or less and the incidence of congenital syphilis to 0.5 cases per 1,000 live births or less by 2015.

Alfredo’s region received an influx of 234 new health workers, resulting in a 500% increase in the number of patient consultations for HIV and syphilis prevention, prenatal care, and family planning between 2012 and September 2013. Read more »

Using Evidence for Health Workforce Decision-Making

A strong and well-distributed health workforce is essential for achieving national and global health goals. Effective policies to address workforce challenges, such as retention, should be informed by relevant data.

Using Evidence for Human Resources for Health Decision-Making: An Example from Uganda on Health Workforce Recruitment and Retention shows national stakeholders how to transform evidence into policy decisions and subsequent action. Read more »

Engaging Health School Leaders in Health Policy

Health professional schools produce health workers, the major input in the health system. Yet these schools are typically viewed as passive responders to national health policies and programs rather than as active participants.

Health Professional School Leadership and Health Sector Reform, Performance, and Practice makes the case for inclusion of school leaders in the formulation of health policy, in order for a country to respond to universal health coverage goals. Read more »

Training Health Workers with Interactive Voice Response

Advances in mHealth have expanded the realm of possibility for remote education, diagnostic and treatment support, communication and training, disease tracking, monitoring, and data collection. Every day, mHealth grows to include more sophisticated applications for high-tech smartphones and tablets. But what about health workers—specifically those in rural areas who don’t have access to the latest technology?

To learn more about mLearning (or mobile learning) for health workers, IntraHealth International, through CapacityPlus, piloted an innovative program to provide refresher training to family planning service providers in Senegal using interactive voice response (IVR) technologies on basic mobile phones. Read more »

CapacityPlus is sponsoring satellite events and giving presentations at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. We invite you to sign up for our satellite sessions, contribute to the conversation, and watch the plenary sessions on the symposium’s website. Read more »

Ebola Response Tool

IntraHealth International and UNICEF are joining forces to help Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare communicate with health workers in real time as the country fights to contain the Ebola outbreak. They are combining iHRIS software, supported by CapacityPlus, and UNICEF’s mobile phone SMS platform—into a powerful communication tool called mHero (Mobile Health Worker Ebola Response and Outreach). Read more »

On Our Blog

Health Professional School Leaders Are Critical in National Health Planning and Policies for Emerging Epidemics

For Health Workers on Ebola’s Front Lines, Stress Management is Crucial 

"I'm a Health Worker"

Lorenza Cuevas Tejada
Nursing Assistant
Alfredo Felix
HIV Peer Counselor


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September 29–October 3, Cape Town

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

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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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