Resource Spotlight: Effective Scale-Up: Avoiding the Same Old Traps

Pape Gaye in Rwanda
Pape Gaye in Rwanda

Despite progress in developing more effective training methodologies, training initiatives for health workers continue to experience common pitfalls that have beset the overall success and cost-effectiveness of these programs for decades. These pitfalls are now seen as aggravating the current crisis in human resources for health and impeding the effective scale-up of training and the potential impact of promising strategies such as task shifting to address health worker shortages.

Drawing on IntraHealth International’s lessons learned in designing reproductive health and HIV/AIDS training and performance improvement programs, this commentary discusses promising practices for strengthening human resources for health through more efficient and effective training and learning programs that avoid the same old traps. [adapted from abstract]

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