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Exploring the Siriraj Hospital at the Second Global Forum on HRH

Despite the 6:30 a.m. reporting time, the field trip to Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok—part of the Second Global Forum on Human Resources for Health—turned out to be one of the best events of the week.

Reconvening Hope for the Future of the Health Workforce

I want to write from Bangkok about why I am excited and hopeful about the future of the global health workforce.

Crowdsourcing: The New Buzz in Productivity and Quality

CapacityPlus is developing a crowdsourcing application and exploring pilot sites in several countries. This will allow the general public with any mobile telephone—with simple SMS texting capability—to report on the presence or absence of health workers, patient waiting times, or other selected quality or productivity indicators at any given clinic at any point in time.

Global Health Workforce: A Household Name

How does the global health workforce compare to diseases such as HIV & malaria, malnutrition, and access to clean water, as a public health concern?

mHealth Africa Summit—the Personal Emerging

Health workers in Ghana, Malawi, and other countries are using their phones to photograph physical symptoms. This is just one mHealth example.

Respecting Women in the Delivery Room Should Be the Norm—Too Often It’s Not

Part of my work here at IntraHealth is on a program in Ethiopia that aims to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. One of the ways we do this is by encouraging women to deliver in a health facility where they can get prophylactic care to stop HIV transmission.

Keeping Senegalese Girls Healthy By Keeping Them in School

In Senegal, we're approaching violence against women and girls from a different angle.

Uganda Training Managers to Become Leaders Who Transform the Health System

We often talk about how countries grapple with the challenge of building and maintaining a health workforce that can deliver high-quality health services. In part, it’s a problem of too few health workers or a poor mix of the right skill sets or geographic distribution.

Actual Needs and Donor Priorities in HIV/AIDS—The Frustrating Gap

Reading Samuel Loewenberg’s article, “Ethiopia Struggles to Make Its Voice Heard,” I thought, finally, someone is speaking out about something too many of us remain silent on—the vast gap in some countries between actual needs and donors’ perceived priorities, particularly when it comes to HIV/AIDS funding.

With Technical Support You Learn to Fish

Working on the CapacityPlus project, I’m always excited to see capacity-building in action and hear how local leaders are strengthening the health workforce. Recently I learned about a terrific story from West Africa and wanted to help share it.

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