Resource Spotlight: Partnering with African Faith-Based Organizations for a Strong Health Workforce

Photo courtesy of Trevor Snapp,<br />
CapacityPlus/IntraHealth International
Photo courtesy of Trevor Snapp,
CapacityPlus/IntraHealth International

"Faith-based organizations (FBOs) play a key role in providing health care in many parts of the world," writes a group of authors in a recent CapacityPlus Technical Brief.

In some countries, Faith-Based groups can provide as much as 70 percent of health care, according to a study by the World Health Organization. FBOs train a large number of health workers and they often provide services in rural areas, places other organizations find difficult to recruit and retain workers.

The authors also point out:

Similar to other public- and private-sector health institutions providing health services in Africa, FBOs face numerous HRH challenges. High staff attrition rates, partially attributable to the migration of health workers, present one major challenge.

The authors provide seven key recommendations for further strengthening FBOs. Some include increasing the use of evidenced-based tools and models; improving monitoring and evaluation methods; and establishing stronger ties with government agencies, such as the ministry of health.

Please see the resource on Partnering with African Faith-Based Organizations for a Strong Health Workforce.
For more information, you may also check the Faith Based Organizations or Human Resources Management Subject area.

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