IntraHealth led a five-year, $11 million USAID-funded program to build the capacity of Ugandan institutions to plan for, develop, and strengthen the management of their health care workforce. Building on the success of the IntraHealth-led Capacity Project, IntraHealth worked with the Ministry of Health, other line ministries, and professional councils and also collaborated with Makerere University School of Public Health, Mbarara University, Gulu University, and the Uganda Management Institute.
Launched in 2009, the initiative focused on:
Enhancing capacity for human resources for health (HRH) policy and planning
Strengthening HRH systems for improved health care quality
Improving health workforce management practices.
The program used the following strategies:
Strengthening local institutions, including its local project partners
Partnering with key stakeholders including central and district governments, professional councils and associations, and local universities
Cultivating synergistic relationships with other donors active in HRH, including other USAID implementing partners
Institutionalizing and nationally scaling up the most promising HRH practices
Addressing gender discrimination to create the greatest possible pool of health and social welfare workers available to meet Uganda’s critical workforce shortages.
Helped 112 districts and 33 central organizations in Uganda develop and implement a human resource information system to track their health workers and identify workforce gaps. 97% of these organizations are now independently managing the system.