Supporting and strengthening the role of close-to-community (CTC) providers for health system development

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Human Resources for Health in collaboration with the Thematic Working Group on Supporting and Strengthening the Role of Community Health Workers in Health System Development and REACHOUTis pleased to invite you to submit a manuscript to a new thematic series entitled “Supporting and strengthening the role of close-to-community (CTC) providers for health system development.”

CTC providers are health workers who carry out promotional, preventive and/or curative health services and who are often the first point of contact at community level in countries in the global south. CTC providers usually have at least a minimum level of training in the context of the intervention that they …

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Solving the human resources for health crisis: research to inform policy in Africa

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This is a guest post by Esmé Lanktree* of the Global Health Research Initiative, and supplement editor of Human Resources for Health’s latest supplement.

Although there is widespread recognition of the human resources for health crisis in sub-Saharan Africa, there are different approaches to address it. Research allows us to test these approaches, to make better-informed decisions regarding the allocation of scarce resources, both financial and human, to optimize health service provision.

The Global Health Research Initiative’s Africa Health Systems Initiative – Support to African Research Partnerships (AHSI-RES) program funded ten research teams. Eight investigated innovative methods to reduce the strain on human resources and/or to expand services in areas lacking health personnel, while other teams focused on improving health …

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Challenges and research on posting and transfer in the health sector

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The things we don’t talk about in global health escape our attention perhaps because they don’t have a name – the unnamed subject being, in effect, a non-issue. From 3 to 7 February, a group of 19 researchers, decision-makers and policy advocates from 12 countries gathered for a meeting at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre in Italy to give one such issue a name and place it firmly on the global health agenda. Organised by the Health Governance Hub of the Public Health Foundation of India, and the Averting Maternal Death and Disability programme at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, the meeting deliberated on the problem of posting and transfer of the health workforce (frontline …

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Editorial starts new series on “Right time, Right place: improving access to health service through effective retention and distribution of health workers”

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The editorial on ‘Right time, Right place: improving access to health service through effective retention and distribution of health workers’ just published [http://www.human-resources-health.com/content/11/1/60/] is opening the thematic series, sponsored by the Health Workforce Australia [http://www.hwa.gov.au/] . This series draws from studies in a range of countries and provides new insights into what can be done to improve access to health through more effective human resources policies, planning and management. The primary focus is on health workforce distribution and retention.

New journal series on “Improving the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of health worker in-service training” are now available

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Two articles from the series, called “Improving the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of health worker in-service training: Closing the gaps between evidence, practice and outcomes,” are now available through the open-access journal Human Resources for Health.

A framework for outcome-level evaluation of in-service training of health care workers/I-TECH presents findings from a PEPFAR project that developed an evaluation framework for health training programs in diverse international settings.
Effective in-service training design and delivery: evidence from an integrative literature review identifies effective training approaches for health worker continuing professional education through a review of education and training literature.
Three more articles will be published over the next few months. Developed in collaboration with USAID, IntraHealth, Jhpiego, and I-TECH, the series was …

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Right Time, Right Place: a call for a new thematic series

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Human Resources for Health is pleased to announce a new thematic series “Right Time, Right Place: Improving access to health service through effective retention and distribution of health workers.” The aim of this series is to report on new analysis, strategic intelligence, and evidence that is pointing to improvements in retention and distribution of health workers.
The Health Workforce Australia (HWA) is sponsoring a thematic series to provide new insights for practitioners, policy makers and analysts who have a responsibility or interest in what can be done to improve access to health through more effective human resources policies, planning and management.
Authors are invited to contact James Buchan (email: James.Buchan@hwa.gov.au) with any pre-submission outline ideas. …

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Human Resources for Health appoints new advisory board

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New Human Resources for Health (HRH) advisory board has been appointed as of January 2013, whom we are looking forward to working with on guiding the future development of our journal.
Some members have been helping us promote and improve the quality of research and manuscripts for many years and we thank them for their past contributions, and for renewing their commitment to the service.
Also, we welcome new members who are prominent HRH practitioners, researches and educationalists of health professionals, working in different areas of human resources for health development, but also engaged on several activities on health system strengthening at national and global level:
Alberto Infante (Instituto de Salud Carlos III), Prof Pierre Fournier (University of Montreal), Mohsin …

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WHO launches a country assessment tool on the uses and sources for human resources for health (HRH) data

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There is widespread recognition of the need for accurate, timely and effective human resources for health data to inform the development of policies on human resources for health in countries. However, many low and middle income countries have week information systems that can generate data that could guide the policy dialogue to scale up the health workforce.

To respond to this crisis the World Health Organization has directed its efforts and achievements in leading the global research agenda to support countries to strengthen their Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS). As part of these efforts the Human Resources for Health Unit (HRH), WHO developed the Country Assessment Tool on the sources and uses of HRH data to conduct a diagnosis on the …

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The concept of Health Mid-Level cadres is under discussion in the African Region

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The WHO-AFRO organized an expert consultation bringing together various multi-stakeholder experts consisting of employers from Ministries of health, regulators who accredit their training and certification to practice, the trainers and other professional bodies, to discuss and develop a document to guide countries on what terminology to use in categorizing a mix of the health workforce in addition to the conventional professional cadres arising from innovative approaches.

Many countries in the African region are increasingly using Health Mid-Level cadres; therefore there is a need for efficient utilization of available health workers. This process will provide a basis for guiding countries in their attempt to scale up numbers of health workers to alleviate the shortages.

More at http://www.hrh-observatory.afro.who.int/en/events/news.html

The labour market for human resources for health in low and middle-income countries

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Understanding and developing policies to address health worker shortages and maldistribution requires an understanding of the economics of labour markets.
This report provides an introduction to the terms and tools of labour market analysis, and connects these labour market principles to real-world case studies from three low and middle-income countries: Thailand, Rwanda, and Kenya. Recommendations for data collection are also made to allow human resource practitioners to begin their own empirical examination of health worker labour markets. The application of labour economics principles and thoughtful data analysis can guide effective labour policy to address population health needs.
The Human Resources for Health Observer – Issue No. 11 can be downloaded from:

http://www.who.int/entity/hrh/resources/Observer11_WEB.pdf