Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

October 31, 2013 12:00am EDT to November 03, 2013 10:55pm EST

The Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research will feature selected findings from CapacityPlus research on the global health workforce.

Wanda Jaskiewicz, Carie Muntifering Cox, Cheick Touré, and Sara Pacqué-Margolis, from the IntraHealth-led CapacityPlus project, will participate in the symposium, whose theme is “Inclusion and Innovation towards Universal Health Coverage.” Researchers, policy-makers, funders, implementers, civil society and media representatives, and other stakeholders will review the status of health systems research since the First Global Symposium in Montreux, share new evidence, identify opportunities and gaps, and discuss the way forward to support the use of evidence in decision-making in low- and middle-income countries.

Designing Evidence-Based Incentive Strategies for Health Worker Retention
Thursday, November 1
Many countries struggle to attract and retain sufficient numbers and types of health workers to provide quality services in rural and remote areas. Ministries of health often rely on external partners to develop the evidence base for formulating retention strategies, use less rigorous methodologies, or forego data altogether when making policy decisions. Wanda Jaskiewicz will present two new tools—the Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit and the iHRIS Retain costing tool for retention interventions—and related results from Ministry of Health surveys in Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Uganda.
  A Mixed Method Approach to Identifying Bottlenecks in the Production of Health Workers
Friday, November 2
Provision of quality health services starts with health workers and the training they receive. Given resource limitations, it is essential to ensure that investments in preservice education are the most efficient and effective in producing quality health workers. Cheick Touré will present results from a needs assessment at six institutions in Mali using a mixed method approach to identify the key bottlenecks to providing quality preservice education in family planning and reproductive health for nurses and midwives.

Successes and Challenges: Implementing Health Workforce Strengthening Interventions in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania
Friday, November 2
Human resources for health (HRH) is a relatively young field. As such, less is known about how to successfully implement health workforce interventions than is known about other types of health interventions (e.g., service delivery) with a longer history of implementation. Carie Muntifering Cox will present results from a qualitative study with staff from USAID-funded HRH projects in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania led by IntraHealth, which was conducted in recognition of the need for a more systematic approach to understanding the challenges and success factors in implementing HRH interventions.


In addition, Jaskiewicz will participate in an invitation-only satellite session, Preliminary Results of a Systematic Review of Strategies to Improve Health Care Provider Performance in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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