CapacityPlus NewsletterJanuary 2015
New Resources

Scaling Up Health Workforce Education: Guide for Applying the Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach

To achieve universal health coverage and better health outcomes, the world needs more health workers. The global deficit of doctors, nurses, and midwives has reached over seven million, and could rise to 12.9 million by 2035. Educating and training an ample supply of new health workers, though, is hindered by a limited number of schools and the scarcity of resources to scale up their efforts.

CapacityPlus created the Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach to help health professional schools pinpoint the obstacles they face in increasing the number of competent and qualified graduates, and then select priority challenges that can be overcome through limited yet strategic investments.
Scaling Up Health Workforce Education and Training: Guide for Applying the Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach draws from CapacityPlus’s experience of adapting and applying the approach in more than 30 nursing, midwifery, medical, health assistant, and community health extension worker schools, both public and privately owned, in seven African countries.

Authors Rebecca J. Bailey and Kate Tulenko of IntraHealth International describe the stakeholders who should be involved in a bottlenecks assessment, the steps for conducting the assessment, and a method for using the results to identify and build consensus on the most effective and affordable actions (best buys) for overcoming bottlenecks.

The guide also provides tools and examples for strategic steps in the approach, such as engaging stakeholders, conducting a situation analysis, defining the school’s scale-up goal, leading group interviews, analyzing the results, and presenting the final report to stakeholders and potential investors. Nine annexes offer downloadable tools and templates to make the process as easy as possible. Access the guide and annexes, along with related resources.

The Composition of the Social Service Workforce in HIV/AIDS-Affected Contexts

A new CapacityPlus publication presents data and recommendations related to a vital segment of countries’ human resources for health. Social service workers are a key component of health teams, and they play an invaluable role in supporting, protecting, and advocating for vulnerable children and families.

Authors Kelley Bunkers, Amy Bess, Alex Collins, and James McCaffery of CapacityPlus and Maury Mendenhall of USAID describe the composition of the social service workforce drawn from several sources of data. This technical report is intended to help the field move toward a common understanding of functions associated with different cadres within the social service workforce, titles associated with workers who perform these functions, and education or training that is typically associated with these cadres. Read more »
Nigeria Spotlight

The government of Nigeria launched a key report aimed at protecting orphans and vulnerable children in its Federal Capital Territory. CapacityPlus contributed to the report and participated in the event.

The Child Protection System Strengthening Mapping and Assessment Report for Federal Capital Territory looks at the state’s child protection risks and gaps, and examines continuum of care, accountability mechanisms, and resource mobilization of the state’s existing child protection system. It ultimately aims to strengthen delivery of quality child protection services in the state. 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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