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Sometimes we take for granted the elegant solution, and lose sight of the fact that in a world where as many as two billion people do not have the basic health care they need, something needn’t be complicated in order to have an enormous impact. For example:
Sometimes, even the more technical aspects of a program’s work can be beautifully simple. For instance, the Uganda Capacity Program created an innovative, straightforward solution to solve problems in the interviewing and hiring system for health workers. Previous to the reform, many positions remained vacant for months—leaving people without health care—because the hiring process was too time-consuming. For every open position, hiring managers received hundreds of applications, but the majority of applicants lacked the necessary qualifications. Rather than spending weeks weeding through the flood of applications, the project staff created an e-shortlist program that generates a list of the most qualified prospects. This limits the time involved in the hiring process and puts more health workers where they are most needed, in clinics offering care.
As we move forward and continue to implement programs that contribute to improved health for all, let us not forget the simple truth that the simple things can help save lives.
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