CapacityPlus NewsletterFebruary 2014
New Tool for Managing Health Worker Education

Health workforce leaders now have a new tool they can count on to better know and manage their health workforces. iHRIS Train manages data on the education of health professionals—both before entering the profession and while in service. By collecting and reporting data on the number of health professionals being trained in necessary skills and key cadres, iHRIS Train sheds light on a critical area for health workforce decision-making.

It is the newest addition to the iHRIS software for health workforce management and can be used alongside iHRIS Manage (for managing employed health workers) and iHRIS Qualify (for tracking health worker licensing and registration information). Read more »

News and Views

Delivering Over a Thousand Textbooks for Students in Nigeria

CapacityPlus delivered much-needed textbooks and other educational materials to 11 schools of health technology and midwifery in Nigeria. Here I am shaking hands with Sampson Tita, the principal of a school of health technology in Nassarawa State. We had just opened boxes and boxes containing brand new books for use by students like these that are studying to become community health extension workers. Read more »

Share Your Stories on Strengthening the Supply Chain Workforce

Andrew Brown is eager to spread the word about what countries are doing to bolster their supply chain workforces. He’s the new executive director for People that Deliver. This global initiative helps countries plan, support, and retain their health supply chain workforces, which are critical for ensuring medicines and other health commodities reach the people who need them. Read more »

Global Health Workforce Expert Jennifer Macias Joins CapacityPlus

IntraHealth International has named Jennifer Macias as CapacityPlus’s deputy director, human resources for health and health systems strengthening. “CapacityPlus is the global leader in health workforce innovation and cost savings, and Jennifer’s experience is perfect for leading our work in human resources management, the private and faith-based sectors, social service workers, and knowledge management,” said Kate Tulenko, director of CapacityPlus and senior director for health systems innovation at IntraHealth. Read more »

How I Fell in Love with the Sisters and Students at St. Joseph’s

I met the Little Sisters of St. Francis and many of their students at St. Joseph’s Kamuli School of Midwifery in the rural Kamuli District of Uganda. This convent, hospital, and school is now celebrating 100 years of service. CapacityPlus is helping the school achieve a decades-long goal: to provide a high-quality education leading to a diploma in midwifery to young women from the region. Read more »
Mali Spotlight

Helping Nursing and Midwifery Students Go Back to School

In Mali’s remote northern region, the Gao Nursing School was hailed as a model for other regional nursing and midwifery schools in the country and cited as a Center of Excellence in community-supported, performance-based training.

But during the country’s political crisis that began in early 2012, the school was heavily looted and forced to close.

“We had teaching materials here estimated at 160 million FCFA [about $330,000],” said Dr. Hamada Maiga, the school’s director general. “All that was pillaged.”

To help make it possible for nursing and midwifery students to continue (or begin) their training, CapacityPlus provided 204 financial scholarships to the students most in need. On December 18, the school hosted a ceremony to award scholarships and to receive new equipment and supplies. Read more »

Global Health Mini-University
March 7, Washington, DC
Transforming and Scaling Up Health Professional Education
March 18, Washington, DC
Better Data, Stronger Workforce: iHRIS Health Workforce Information Solutions
May 6, Washington, DC

"I'm a Health Worker"
Dr. Boakye-Yiadom Adomako, Medical Officer in Ghana
Arminia Rosario, HR Manager in the Dominican Republic
Phellister Mwenda, Community Health Worker in Kenya

Ramón Antonio Ramirez, HR Manager in the Dominican Republic

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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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