HRH Global Resource Center February Newsletter


10 Resources Added This Month

Addressing the Human Resource Crisis: a Case Study of the Namibian Health Service
This paper addresses an important practical challenge to staff management. We use a case study based on semi-structured interview data to explore the steps that Namibia, a country facing severe health problems that include an alarmingly high AIDS infection rate, has taken to manage its health workers. [from abstract]

Training Traditional Birth Attendants in Guatemala
Many women choose to deliver with traditional birth attendants in Guatemala - a fact that can't be ignored, argue local public-health officials. They hope a new, culturally sensitive approach to training traditional birth attendants will help improve their quality of care and save lives. [author's description]

Health Sector Reforms and Human Resources for Health in Uganda and Bangladesh: Mechanisms of Effect
Despite the expanding literature on how reforms may affect health workers and which reactions they may provoke, little research has been conducted on the mechanisms of effect through which health sector reforms either promote or discourage health worker performance. This paper seeks to trace these mechanisms and examines the contextual framework of reform objectives in Uganda and Bangladesh, and health workers responses to the changes in their working environments by taking a realistic evaluation approach. [abstract]

Stigmatization and Shame: Consequences of Caring for HIV/AIDS Patients in China
Using a representative sample of 478 doctors, nurses, and lab technicians working with people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), a cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the impact of the AIDS epidemic on medical care systems and service providers in China. The study findings suggest that improved institutional support for AIDS care at the facility level and HIV-related stigma reduction intervention are crucial to maintain a high quality performance by the workforce in the health care system. [from publisher's description]

Strengthening Health Professional Associations
This technical brief discusses various approaches for strengthening professional associations and outlines the benefits and challenges of such efforts. [author's description]

Improving Quality of Clinical Care: Incentives for Health Care Workers
Staffing problems are common to most low- and middle-income countries. It is often difficult to persuade doctors to work in remote rural areas. And those who do take such posts typically do not remain long. [author's description]

Collection and Analysis of Human Resources for Health (HRH) Strategic Plans
This resource paper uses a simple framework to provide an analytical review of human resources for health (HRH) strategic plans that have been generated over the last few years by countries in sub-Saharan Africa that are faced with an HRH crisis. The author collected and analyzed HRH strategic plans for the following countries: Eritrea, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia. [from author’s description]

Retention Strategies for Nursing: a Profile of Four Countries
A seven-point framework was used to analyze retention strategies in four countries: Uganda, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Thailand. This framework draws upon available country data and includes GDP and investment in health, mix of private/public investment, international migration, health policy frameworks, countrywide strategies, provincial/regional strategies, and professional associations/regulatory bodies. [from executive summary]

Treat, Train Retain: the AIDS and Health Workforce Plan
This report on the Consultation on AIDS and Human Resources for Health, WHO, Geneva, 11-12 May, 2006 outlines the Treat, Train Retain plan to address AIDS and HRH. The plan comprises three sets of elements: a package of HIV treatment, prevention, care and support services for health workers in countries affected by HIV (Treat); measures to empower health workers to deliver universal access to HIV/AIDS services (Train); and strategies to retain health workers in the public health system, including financial and other incentives and strategies to improve pay and working conditions and manage the migration of health care workers (Retain). [from executive summary]

Human Resources for Health Challenges in Dealing with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
This presentation gives an outline of the current challenges and opportunities for HRH in the Sub-Saharan Africa AIDS crisis, some possible solutions, key messages and ways forward.

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