Human Resources for Health in Botswana: The Results of In-Country Database and Reports Analysis

The aim of this study was to analyse the existing databases on health workforce in
Botswana in order to quantify the human resources for health.

Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Building Sustainable Health Information Systems in Resource Limited Countries: Lessons Learned from an M&E Task-Shifting Initiative in Botswana

To improve monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of health programs in Botswana, 51 recent university graduates with no experience in M&E were recruited and provided with on-the-job training and mentoring to develop a new cadre of health worker: the district M&E officer. Three years after establishment of the cadre, an assessment was conducted to document achievements and lessons learnt. [from abstract]

Assessing Performance of Botswana’s Public Hospital System: The Sse of the World Health Organization Health System Performance Assessment Framework

Very few studies have assessed performance of Botswana public hospitals. We draw from a large research study assessing performance of the Botswana Ministry of Health (MoH) to evaluate the performance of public hospital system using the World Health Organization Health Systems Performance Assessment Framework (WHO HSPAF).

Continuing Professional Development Training Needs of Medical Laboratory Personnel in Botswana

Laboratory professionals are expected to maintain their knowledge on the most recent advances in
laboratory testing and continuing professional development (CPD) programs can address this expectation. In
developing countries, accessing CPD programs is a major challenge for laboratory personnel, partly due to their
limited availability. An assessment was conducted among clinical laboratory workforce in Botswana to identify and
prioritize CPD training needs as well as preferred modes of CPD delivery. [from abstract]

Establishing a Health Information Workforce: Innovation for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

This article describes the early outcomes, achievements, and challenges from an initiative that hired university graduates without training in health information and provided on-the-job training and mentoring to create a new cadre of health worker in order to address the shortage of health information personnel within Botswana. [adapted from abstract]

Evaluation of a Well-Established Task-Shifting Initiative: The Lay Counselor Cadre in Botswana

This study examined the Botswana lay counselor cadre, a task shifting initiative, to explore effectiveness and contribution to the health workforce. [from abstract]

HIV Management by Nurse Prescribers Compared with Doctors at a Paediatric Centre in Gaborone, Botswana

The objective of this study was to compare compliance with national paediatric HIV treatment guidelines between nurse prescribers and doctors at a paediatric referral centre in Gaborone, Botswana. [from author]

Caring for the Caregivers: Models of HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Provision for Health Care Workers in Southern Africa

This article describes 3 staff care programs that provide convenient, confidential, and holistic care for HIV-infected health care workers and health care workers affected by caring for HIV-infected patients. [from author]

Tracking All Health Workers in Botswana

Kabelo Bitsang, iHRIS administrator at the Botswana Ministry of Health, explains how the Ministry is using CapacityPlus’s free, open source software to track and manage the country’s health workforce. [from publisher]

Supporting National ART Scale-Up in Botswana through Standardized, Multiphased Training

The need to strengthen health-care worker capacity was identified by the Botswana Ministry of Health and confirmed by a training needs assessment conducted in 2001. In response, Botswana embarked on the first phase of a national antiretroviral training program, which this document outlines. [adapted from author]

Determinants of Effective Productivity among Service Workers: The Case of Nurses in Botswana

The study proposes a measure of effective productivity among service workers and seeks a model of effective productivity among nurses in Botswana. Productivity among nurses is of special significance because of their critical role in the primary health care system. [adapted from abstract]

Traditional Healers as Caregivers to HIV/AIDS Clients and Other Terminally Challenged Persons in Kanye Community Home-Based Care Programme (CHBC), Botswana

This article aims at evaluating the traditional healers’ contribution as providers of care to HIV/AIDS patients and other chronically ill persons. [from abstract]

Challenges Impacting on the Quality of Care to Persons Living with HIV/AIDS and Other Terminal Illnesses with Reference to Kanye Community Home Based Care Programme

This paper aims to discuss the challenges influencing the state of caregiving in the Kanye community home-based care programme in Botswana. [from abstract]

Public-Private Options for Expanding Access to Human Resources for HIV/AIDS in Botswana

In responding to the goal of rapidly increasing access to antiretroviral treatment (ART), the government of Botswana undertook a major review of its health systems options to increase access to human resources, one of the major bottlenecks preventing people from receiving treatment. In mid-2004, a team of government and World Health Organization (WHO) staff reviewed the situation and identified a number of public sector scale up options. The team also reviewed the capacity of private practitioners to participate in the provision of ART. Subsequently, the government created a mechanism to include private practitioners in rolling out ART.

Human Capital and the HIV Epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa

The overall objective of this paper is to provide some insights into the effects of the HIV epidemic on human capital in sub-Saharan Africa through a discussion of some of the factors that are operating. It is not intended as a compendium of data on the problem but aims instead to provide an analytical framework for understanding the policy and programming issues. There is an analysis of the impact on the public services in Malawi, a detailed presentation of the impact on education and health and a discussion of issues relating to the measurement of the impact on different productive sectors and the role of different social partners in adjusting to, and managing, the impact.