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The IntraHealth International-led Capacity Kenya project will honor local health workers next month with the Health Professional of the Year awards, which are designed to promote excellence, strengthen capacity, and recognize professionalism in health care provision. Nominees—from public, private, and faith-based health facilities nationwide—will be selected by their peers.
At a regional meeting in Monrovia, Liberia in May, the West African Health Organization (WAHO) presented promising results from a pilot of the iHRIS Manage software in the Northern region of Ghana. iHRIS Manage is a software package that enables an organization to design and manage a comprehensive human resources strategy, which was developed by the Capacity Project and supported by CapacityPlus, both led by IntraHealth International.
Wanda Jaskiewicz, of the IntraHealth International-led CapacityPlus global project, participated in a May 4–6 meeting in El Salvador, “Human Resources for Health Plans and Primary Health Care: The Challenges of Inter-Sectoral and Social Coordination.” The gathering was organized by the Pan American Health Organization and the Global Health Workforce Alliance in collaboration with the ministries of health of El Salvador and Brazil.
The Tanzania Human Resource Capacity Project—a Capacity Project Associate Award—is supporting parasocial workers, a new cadre of community social worker serving the country’s most vulnerable children. To bolster this support, the IntraHealth International-led CapacityPlus global project is examining ways to use mobile phone technology as a tool for supportive supervision.
“[We] need to know the current health workers in health facilities under UPMB [Uganda Protestants Medical Bureau]. . . and I had just started collecting [health facility] data, but I could not come up with enough details given the difficulty with managing data manually,” admits Ruth Nabagala, UPMB monitoring and evaluation officer. “This training enabled me to realize that human resources information systems can help us know the number of health workers we have and the gaps that need to be filled.”