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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.

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.

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.

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.

Making Work Safe for Health Workers

During my medical residency, several of my friends stuck themselves with used needles while caring for patients. I remember their anxiety as they waited for the blood tests to arrive that indicated whether they were at risk for HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C.

The Promise of Better Health Worker Education with Launch of New Kenya Center

The Kitui Centre of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health will support local faculty to develop & apply innovative teaching methods.

Open Access: The Only Viable Option for Change

Many people do not have access to a medical or academic library that subscribes to medical journals; even a low $10 document viewing fee is a burden.

Text Messages: An Essential Tool for Reaching Remote Health Workers in the Kenyan Health System

Like many sub-Saharan African countries, Kenya has a severe shortage of health workers, especially in rural and hard-to-reach areas, which makes it difficult or impossible for people in these...

By Grace Alone

Transitioning “fistula work” is not easy. Treating obstetric fistula is a service by grace alone, especially if you’re a government worker.

Uganda’s Electronic Databases: From Guesswork to Real Data Management

I used to work at the Registrar of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council where I was the custodian of all information pertaining to the Ugandan nursing cadre. I often felt humbled when people, including those from high-ranking organizations, would come to me seeking data.

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