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The US Agency for International Development/Dominican Republic has awarded IntraHealth International a two-year associate award to build on the IntraHealth-led CapacityPlus’s achievements in the Dominican Republic.
Critical to the country’s efforts to improve access to high-quality HIV services is a focus on the health workforce and the systems used to manage and support these valuable human resources. The new project, Improving HIV Service Outcomes through Strengthening Human Resources Management, will refine key systems at the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Public Administration, hospitals, and other institutions. HR management is the integrated use of systems, policies, and practices that provide the range of functions needed to plan, produce, deploy, manage, and sustain the health workforce.
Dr. Sonia Brito-Anderson serves as chief of party. A public health specialist and trained OB/GYN with over 25 years of experience in service delivery and managing technical staff, Dr. Brito-Anderson is a recognized leader in national development of health systems, strengthening the supply chain workforce, performance-based financing, and contraceptive access.
As CapacityPlus country director, Dr. Brito-Anderson led activities in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health to strengthen the HR management systems needed to create an enabling environment for health workers to perform effectively.
The Office of Health Systems in USAID’s Global Health Bureau selected CapacityPlus’s collaboration with the Dominican Republic as one of its Top Ten Health Systems Strengthening Cases.
CapacityPlus supported the Ministry of Public Health in a process of payroll reform, which revealed nearly 10,000 ghost workers (individuals receiving a salary but not working). The Ministry began a phased approach to clean its payroll by reclaiming the salaries of the ghost workers, resulting in savings of over $9 million annually to date. These savings are being used to improve HIV and other health services by hiring new health workers, increasing salaries by 10%, eliminating user fees, and investing in other health sector reforms, such as setting up a better procurement process for HIV testing kits and antiretroviral drugs. This reinvestment is contributing to improved service delivery and increased use of services.
Other CapacityPlus highlights in the Dominican Republic:
On February 25, CapacityPlus hosted an end-of-project event, “Sharing Successful Experiences,” in Santo Domingo.
Mayra Minaya, the Ministry of Health’s director of human resources, spoke on behalf of the minister of health, Dr. Altagracia Guzman, and lauded the ten participating hospitals as well as the project’s technical assistance. Other notable remarks were provided by Dr. Luis E. Felix Baez, director of the General Directorate of Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections and AIDS (DIGECITSS); Georgina Rodriguez, subdirector of the National Institute of Public Administration, and Francisco Zamora, director of the USAID/Dominican Republic Health Office.
CapacityPlus’s Gisela Quiterio, technical manager, led the main session where each hospital presented on their respective PMTCT programs, the actions they had undertaken to improve them, progress on their goals, challenges, and future commitments.
The new project is taking this work further and continuing to support the Dominican Republic’s goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation.
Improving HIV Service Outcomes through Strengthening Human Resources Management is funded by the US Agency for International Development.