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News & commentary about the global health workforce

In Senegal, the Health and Education Sectors Are Teaming Up for Teens

As a result, more young people are getting the health information they need—whether they go to school or not.Read more

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Community Health Workers: Meeting the Unmet Need for Family Planning in West and Central Africa

A recent New York Times article featured an updated United Nations forecast that projects the world’s population will reach 10.1 billion by the end of the century, rather than stabilizing at nine billion midcentury as previously predicted.

The Role of Effective Budget Management in a Fully Staffed Health Sector

Managing health workers involves managing a payroll, ensuring funds to pay everyone who is working, and supporting the recruitment of open positions.

Only Human: The Challenge of Intentional Knowledge Management

All organizations and projects use, capture, and share knowledge, but without prioritizing knowledge management, KM doesn’t happen systematically.

A Web-Based System at Ugandan Professional Council Encourages Accountability and Quality Control

Last month, the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council introduced a web-based system for registering all the medical officers and dentists in the country.

Proud to be a Nurse

Years ago, at a workshop on shaping health policy for nurse leaders, I heard a speaker say, “Nurses are this country’s best kept secret, and we need to wake up.”

Rwanda’s Police and Health Provider Partnership Is Better Serving Gender-Based Violence Survivors

Why is a health program training police officers? In January last year, the Government of Rwanda published its first training manual for health providers in the care and treatment of sexual and gender-based violence survivors.

Where is the United States Government Going on 'Gender'?

I’ve been watching the ebb and flow of the gender equality movement for many years now. I’m glad to see that the ebbing, including the social backlash of the 1980s and the political chill of the 1990s, has been replaced by positive policy “flow”—if not flowering—in the U.S. government’s commitment to achieve gender equality in development assistance and diplomacy

What We Need to Change: See More Health Workers ‘Made in the U.S.A’

Every year, U.S. medical and nursing schools turn away tens of thousands of qualified applicants and thousands of American students instead study at overseas medical schools.

Asking Smart Questions: Where Are Health Workers within Service Integration?

I was struck by the extent to which the health worker as input or output in the evaluation of service integration models is conceptually absent.

Move the Merchandise: An Around-the-Clock Operation to Save a Kenyan Medical Warehouse

Picture the following scenario: A large warehouse, 13,000 m2, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya about 20 kilometers from the city center, is so full of drugs and other medical supplies that there is no space for new deliveries.

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