Documents & Reports

Ethiopia: Taking Forward Action on Human Resources for Health (HRH) with DFID/OGAC and Other Partners

This report presents the results of a consultancy to facilitate agreement and document current flexibility of funding streams for HRH in Ethiopia, building on existing work and within national frameworks for priority actions on HRH to develop strategies and country level actions. [adapted from author]

Assessment of Provider Adherence to TB Evidence-based Standards and Guidelines in Bangladesh

The study assessed provider adherence to tuberculosis (TB) guidelines on national, regional/district, and facility-based levels in Bangladesh. [adapted from author]

Assessment of Provider Adherence to TB Evidence-based Standards and Guidelines in Zambia

This study was undertaken as part of a multi-country study to determine providers’ adherence with evidence based tuberculosis (TB) standards and guidelines. This particular study assesses adherence with TB guidelines in Zambia at national, provincial/district and facility-based levels. [adapted from summary]

Adherence with Evidence-Based TB Standards and Guidelines in Selected Health Facilities in Kenya

This study was undertaken to determine providers’ and patients’ adherence to national tuberculosis (TB) treatment guidelines. The key findings are expected to provide information regarding factors influencing provider adherence to guidelines, such as providers’ TB-related knowledge and attitudes, environmental factors and resources necessary to adhere to TB diagnosis and treatment standards. [adapted from author]

Hotline HRH August 2013

This edition of Hotline, an HRH newletter focused on the needs of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in Africa, highlights resources, trainings and workshops, articles of interest and other information for FBO HRH pracitioners.

Hotline HRH July 2013

This edition of Hotline, an HRH newletter focused on the needs of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in Africa, highlights resources, trainings and workshops, articles of interest and other information for FBO HRH pracitioners.

Community Health Information System for Family-Centered Health Care: Scale-Up in Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region

This article describes the scale-up of the Community Health Information System (CHIS), a family-centered health information system designed for the health extension worker to manage and monitor her work in educating households and delivering an integrated package of promotive, preventive, and basic curative health service to families. It also documents achievements and challenges, sharing lessons learned that can be useful in CHIS implementation in other regions. [adapted from summary]

Adapting Pacific Medical Internships to Changing Contexts

This policy brief outlines current and needed medical internship programs in the Pacific and the policy implications. [adapted from author]

Accreditation of Healthcare Professionals' Education in Pacific Island Countries: Evidence and Options

This brief discusses accreditation of health worker education programs, evidence on accreditation models, the importance of accreditation in the Pacific and the policy implications. [adapted from author]

Commissioning the Education of Healthcare Professionals for Pacific Island Countries

This brief outlines the issues surrounding commissioning of health professionals education and training, the challenges and establishing systems to help Pacific Island Countries manage the existing and future health workforce effectively. [adapted from author]

Medical Education and Training in the Pacific Island Countries: Evidence and Options

This brief outlines the continuum of medical education and training for the Pacific health workforce and the policy implications of the situation. [adapted from author]

Information Needs to Manage Pacific Health Worker Migration

This paper reports the findings of a six country migration study to help fill information and knowledge gaps by visiting selected Pacific Island Countries and collecting available data on migrating and returning health workers. Information was also compiled on policy and procedures governing exit from public service, and the emigration and immigration of health personnel. [adapted from summary]

Workplace Violence in the Health Sector: State of the Art

This paper explores the literature and issues associated with violence
in the health sector. It assesses the scope, definition and global context of workplace violence, information and reporting of violence, existing evidence of the prevalence of violence, the origins of violence, the impact of violence, and prevention and interventions to minimize workplace violence in the health sector. The final section highlights some of the gaps in research and practice. [adapted from introduction]

Getting Doctors into the Bush: General Practitioners' Preferences for Rural Location

The aim of this study is to examine the preferences of general practitioners (GPs) for rural location using a discrete choice experiment to estimate the probabilities of moving to a rural area, and the size of financial incentives GPs would require to move there. [adapted from abstract]

VSO and Continuing Professional Development for Health Workers

The purpose of the document is to set out VSO’s position on continuing professional development (CPD) for health workers in Africa and Asia. It aims to guide future policy development around health training and capacity building of health workers and to draw specifically on significant learning over the past few years from VSO’s health and HIV and AIDS programs. [from author]

Continuing Professional Development for Health Workers

This publication advocates for continuing professional development (CPD) as essential for updating skills and the development of a professional ethos for all health staff cadres,including volunteers. It argues that planned, cost effective CPD is essential if national programs are to achieve the health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and move towards providing universal health coverage for the whole population. [adapted from author]

Systemic Management of Human Resources for Health: An Introduction for Health Mangers

This manual presents the basic components of a human resources for health system, and explains why and how they have to work in synergy to contribute to the achievement of the health sector strategic goals. [from publisher]

Suspending Judgement: A Report of the Training Workshop on Stigma Reduction for Health Care Workers

This report documents the findings from a three day workshop on HIV
related stigma reduction for health care workers in India. The workshop was organized to test out an approach and materials for training health care workers about HIV related stigma in order to organize a large scale training program for health care workers and to build on the efforts of the World Bank to raise awareness on HIV stigma and discrimination. [adapted from introduction]

Volunteering in Health Care: Securing a Sustainable Future

This research indicates that volunteers play an important role in improving people’s experience of care, building stronger relationships between services and communities, supporting integrated care, improving public health and reducing health inequalities. [from author]

Experiences of Australian Humanitarian Workers: A Report on Preparations, Field Work and Returning Home

This study is based on findings of an investigation of the experiences of Australian disaster workers from a range of health-related fields who provided humanitarian relief in disasters, complex emergencies, conflict and post-conflict situations internationally. [from abstract]

Cyclone Nargis 2008: Human Resourcing Insights from within the Myanmar Red Cross

This case study demonstrates that the success or failure of humanitarian operations in a large-scale public health emergency is significantly dependent on the quality of in-country health staff, prior training, timely deployment, availability of a standby-workforce, and the organisation’s surge capacity. [from abstract]

Regulation and Licensing of Healthcare Professionals in Pacific Island Countries

This brief discusses the need for registration and licensing and their importance to health outcomes, as well as the options and policy implications of such a system for Pacific Island Countries. [adapted from author]

Expanded and Advances Health Practitioners, and Their Role and Relevance in the Pacific

Pacific health workforce planners must consider the potential impact on existing models of care and roles of advanced practitioners from the increasing number of medical graduates from both within and outside the region; particularly, the balance of doctors’ roles with those of established advanced health practitioners. [from author]

Accreditation of Healthcare Professional Education Programs: A Review of International Trends and Current Approaches in Pacific Island Countries

This review of accreditation for healthcare professionals training and education describes international trends and approaches to the
accreditation of education programs or pathways that prepare graduates for entry to a professional register or to extend scopes of practice. [from author]

Medical Internship Programs in the Pacific: Current Situation and Future Challenges

This review describes international trends and approaches to the planning and delivery of medical internship programs relevant to the future development and strengthening of medical education in Pacific Island countries. [from introduction]

Hotline HRH June 2013

This edition of Hotline, an HRH newletter focused on the needs of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in Africa, highlights resources, trainings and workshops, articles of interest and other information for FBO HRH pracitioners.

How to Recruit and Retain Health Workers in Rural and Remote Areas in Developing Countries

This paper aims to outline the magnitude of unequal health workforce distribution in the developing countries; summarize the evidence on the factors that contribute to these imbalances; present a systematic set of policy interventions that are being implemented to address the problem of recruitment and retention of health workers in rural and remote regions of developing countries; and introduce the Discrete Choice Experiment to elicit health workers’ preferences and factors likely to increase uptake of a rural or remote job. [adapted from abstract]

Exploring Contraceptive Use Differentials in Sub-Saharan Africa through a Health Workforce Lens

This technical brief presents findings from a study that explored if and how health workforce measures differ between eastern and western Africa, in an effort to identify factors that may have helped some countries to achieve important gains in contraceptive prevalence while other countries have not.

Inventory of PRISM Framework and Tools: Application of PRISM Tools and Interventions for Strengthening Routine Health Information System Performance

The Performance of Routine Information System Management (PRISM) framework defines routine health information system (RHIS) performance as both the production of quality data and documented use of information for health services decision making. This paper describes the conceptual framework on the determinants of RHIS performances and effectiveness of strategies to improve the system. [adapted from abstract]

Community-Based Initiatives for HIV Program Management among Most-at-Risk Populations

This case study explores the significant role of community-based initiatives and the process of collaborating with communit organziations to address HIV within communities of high-risk populations in India. [adapted from author]