Health workforce development

Health workers—the human beings behind health care—are the most valuable resources we have when it comes to fighting disease and improving health. They are nimble, efficient, and brilliant. But they can also be overworked, undersupervised, and lacking in up-to-date knowledge and skills. That’s why we use strong human resources management and efficient processes to make sure skilled, motivated health workers are in the right place, at the right time.

Our key approaches:

  • Using health workforce data and digital health tools to support national and subnational workforce planning & management
  • Strengthening health worker education & training through better school management, innovative financing programs, and digital learning solutions
  • Helping countries improve the availability, quality, analysis, and use of health workforce data
  • Building the capacity of organizations & health facilities to improve health worker performance & productivity
  • Promoting gender equality and safe and decent work through policy analysis, advocacy and implementation


Key Results

nurse icon 449,600 health workers reached by IntraHealth programs in 2020.
health facility icon 4,145 health workers graduated from IntraHealth-supported training institutions in 2020 alone.
dollar sign Over $7.6 million total financial aid provided for student health workers.

Selected Achievements

Deployed iHRIS—our free, open source software for managing health workforce information—in 28 countries, resulting in huge cost savings and data for decision-making.
Developed mHero, a two-way, mobile phone-based communication tool that keeps health system leaders in touch with frontline health workers during emergencies and beyond.
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.
Connected over 12,000 health workers in Liberia to the Ministry of Health through mHero.
Trained 31 community representatives on advocacy and civic engagement in Senegal.
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