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Dominican Republic

Since 2011, IntraHealth has assisted the government in a comprehensive program to strengthen its human resources management systems and related health workforce policy and advocacy efforts with a goal of improving health services, particularly HIV/AIDS care and treatment. These efforts have contributed to long-term policy reforms, cost savings, and increased accessibility and use of HIV/AIDS, family planning, and other key services. In 2014, USAID named the IntraHealth-led CapacityPlus project’s partnership with the Dominican Republic as one of its top ten case studies of best practices in health systems strengthening.

Selected Achievements

Revealed 10,000 ghost workers through a payroll analysis in the Dominican Republic saving the Ministry of Health $6.2 million for reinvestment back into the health system.


Enhanced the quality of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and other key services by designing workshops reaching more than 200 health workers in 7 out of 9 health regions in the Dominican Republic.


Helped the Dominican Republic pass a national Health Career Law to detail the employment relationship between the government and health workers.


Introduced the first official job description manuals in the Dominican Republic for key cadres of health workers to better support recruitment, management, and supervision.