CapacityPlus NewsletterMarch 2012
Strengthening the Health Workforce with FBOs

Faith-based organizations (FBOs) play a key role in providing health care in many parts of the world. According to the World Health Organization, in African countries they often own and operate an estimated 30% to 70% of the health care facilities and provide health care through hospitals, clinics, and community- and home-based programs.

In many countries, FBOs train a significant portion of health workers, especially nurses and midwives. FBOs often serve remote and rural areas where governments have the greatest difficulty in attracting and retaining health workers. Yet FBOs remain under-recognized for their immense contribution to the national health sector.

CapacityPlus announces the publication of Issue Brief #4, Faith-Based Organizations. This brief presents an overview of the issue of FBOs and human resources for health along with suggested actions, key considerations, and resources.

Also see the following news and blog posts related to our work with FBOs:

Keeping Smiles on Their Faces

Doris Mwarey shares insights on the benefits of improving the working environment in health facilities. Read more »

Strengthening HR Management in Malawi
CapacityPlus is helping the Christian Health Association of Malawi strengthen HR management in affiliated facilities, starting with the creation of policy guidelines. Read more »

Previous CapacityPlus Issue Briefs focus on the topics of retention, health worker information systems, and HR management.

Finally, check out other CapacityPlus news on our website.

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).

The views expressed in this message do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Agency for International Development or the United States Government.

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