HRH Global Resource Center April Newsletter


  • The GRC has a new simple search that provides additional features for users:
    • allows searching by phrases using quotation marks;
    • accepts non-alphanumeric characters;
    • provides the option to filter search results by the category to help refine the choices by subject, country or document type, which also aids new users in finding appropriate subject categories for their topics;
    • gives the number of resources in each category; and
    • provides options for Boolean operators and the ability to restrict results by the date the resource was published.
  • The GRC has added a language field to all resources to help users locate documents available in other languages than English.
  • All journal records have been updated to include volume and issue information for better citation reference.
  • In response to user requests, GRC resources now open in new window so that it is easier to return to search results.
  • Honduras has been added to the geographic category.
  • News articles this month include:
  • Resource Spotlights include:
  • The GRC currently has 1,167 resources. Ten of the latest additions are below including four resources from the Christian Health Association’s Conference that the HRH Global Resource Center now hosts with permission from Interchurch Medical Assistance and the authors and the new Capacity Project publication, "Partnership Building: Practical Tools to Help You Create, Strengthen, Assess and Manage Your Partnership or Alliance More Productively."

10 Resources Added This Month

Partnership Building: Practical Tools to Help You Create, Strengthen, Assess and Manage Your Partnership or Alliance More Productively
The complex and wide ranging challenges related to human resources for health in developing countries necessitate that stakeholders work together through inclusive alliances and networks. This kit aims to offer those wanting to create a partnership, as well as those already working in one, some easily accessible tools to support that process. [from introduction]

Human Resources for Health Retention Strategies: CHAZ Response to the Human Resource Crisis in Zambia
This presentation discusses church health institutions and the HR crisis, including staffing levels and attrition; the national reponse, and details the many efforts of the CHAZ response such as the CHAZ Health Workers' Retention Scheme.

HR Crisis in Kenya: the Dilemma of FBOs
This presentation outlines FBO health services in Kenya and sources of and financial support for them. It also discusses the exodus of health workers from church health facilities, the reasons behind this migration and how this problem is being addressed.

CSSC Geographic and Human Resource Information Systems
This presentation was given as part of the Christian Health Association's Conference: CHAs at a Crossroad Towards Achieving Health Millennium Development Goals. It introduces geographic information systems (GIS), human resource information systems (HRIS) and the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC). It outlines the progress made in creating the systems, the benefits and reasons to have GIS and HRIS and presents the preliminary results in terms of health infrastructure, human resources and programs and interventions.

Development of a Framework for the Development of a Benefit and Motivation Package for Rural Health Workers in Voluntary Agencies (VA) Owned Hospitals: Based on Finding in the Lake Zone
This presentation discusses the human resources for health situation in Tanzania in general, and specific findings from the Lake zone in terms of health workers in church health institutions. The author proposes options for a motivation package to address the issues of retention for these workers.

Social Franchising of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Honduras and Nicaragua
This document outlines the outcome of three franchising projects implemented by Partners of Marie Stopes International (MSI) in Honduras and Nicaragua. The projects were designed to pilot full and partial social franchising models as part of an initiative to test and develop alternative forms of delivering quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services by a non government organization (NGO). [abstract]

Human Resources for Health Planning and Management in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Facts, Gaps and Forward Thinking for Research and Policy
The objectives of this paper are to: lay out the facts on what we know about the HRH for EMR countries; generate and interpret evidence on the relationship between HRH and health status indicators for LMICs and middle and high income countries (MHICs) in the context of EMR; identify and analyze the information gaps and provide forward thinking by identifying priorities for research and policy. [abstract]

Do Visas Kill? Health Effects of African Health Professional Emigration
This study uses a new database of health worker emigration from Africa to test whether exogenous decreases in emigration raise the number of domestic health professionals, increase the mass availability of basic primary care, or improve a range of public health outcomes. [from abstract]

Graduates of Lebanese Medical Schools in the United States: an Observational Study of the International Migration of Physicians
As healthcare systems around the world are facing increasing physician shortages, more physicians are migrating from low to high income countries. As an illustrative case of international migration of physicians, we evaluated the current number and historical trends of Lebanese medical graduates in the US, and compared their characteristics to those of US medical graduates and other international medical graduates. [abstract]

Continuing Professional Development: a Southern Perspective
One of the challenges of continuing professional development (CPD) is to ensure that members of the medical profession maintain and improve the competencies in medical practice. CPD is an evolving system and different countries in Africa are at different levels of development. This article focuses on the developments and challenges of CPD among medical and dental practitioners in Africa. [abstract]

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