Physician Tracking in Sub-Saharan Africa: Current Initiatives and Opportunities

The objective of this study is to provide information on the current state of physician tracking systems in the region, highlighting emerging themes and innovative practices. [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]

Unregulated and Unaccountable: How the Private Health Care Sector in India is Putting Women's Lives at Risk

This document argues that the gap left by the public health system combined with a government policy of proactively promoting the private sector has led to the proliferation of private health providers which are unregulated, unaccountable and untrained, causing a serious threat to women’s health. [adapted from author]

Survey of Private Health Facilities in Uganda

The Public Private Partnership in Health (PPPH) is an element of Uganda’s Health Sector Strategic Plan II. The private sector includes not-for-profit providers, for-profit providers called private health practitioners (PHPs), and traditional and complementary medicine providers. A representative sample of facilities was selected and surveyed to provide in-depth information on PHP facilities, which could be extrapolated to the national database. The survey collected information from 359 facilities on facility ownership, human resources, staff employment in other facilities, infrastructure and equipment, health services provided including in-depth information on HIV/AIDS services, drug availability, health management information systems, financial management procedures, and registration and organizational affiliation.

Regulation, Roles and Competency Development

This paper aims to provide an overview of the current evidence and opinion of the workforce implications of regulation, competency development and role definition. These three elements are inextricably linked to each other and are fundamental to the practice of nursing in today’s environment. [from introduction]

Training and Development Needs of Nurses in Indonesia: Paper 3 of 3

This study aimed to establish the occupational profiles of each grade of nurse in Indonesia, identify their training and development needs and ascertain whether any differences existed between nurses working in different regions or within hospital or community settings. [from abstract]

Building Stronger Human Resources for Health through Licensure, Certification and Accreditation

Credentialing of health care providers, facilities and educational institutions is an integral component in building and sustaining robust HRH systems. This technical brief examines the characteristics and potential advantages of credentialing mechanisms and common challenges faced in implementing them in low-resource settings. [from author]