Assessments of Health Services Availability in Humanitarian Emergencies: A Review of Assessments in Haiti and Sudan Using a Health Systems Approach

To improve the consistency of health facilities assessments, the World Health Organization has proposed the use of the Health Resources Availability Mapping System (HeRAMS) developed in Darfur, Sudan as a standardized assessment tool for use in future acute and protracted crises.This study provides an evaluation of HeRAMS’ comprehensiveness, and investigates the methods, quality and comprehensiveness of health facilities data and tools in Haiti, where HeRAMS was not used.

Maternal and Child Health in South Sudan: Priorities for the Post-2015 Agenda

This review of the literature offers a commentary and appraisal of the current MNCH [maternal, newborn and child health] situation in South Sudan. It explores the barriers and challenges of promoting MNCH gains, and identifies priorities that will contribute to addressing the Millennium Development Goals and the emerging health priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. [from abstract]

Health Supply Chain Case Studies: Initial Results

This report includes the first two of these case studies for Imperial Health Sciences and Central Medical Supplies Public Corporation
(Sudan). PtD intends to continue developing case studies to offer the broader community examples of human capital management that they can adopt to improve supply chain execution. [from introduction]

Financing Health Care: How to Bridge the Gap in Human Resources for Health

Worldwide there are different systems for providing pharmacy services. Most countries have some element of state assistance,either for all patients or selected groups such as children, and some private provisions. Medicines are financed either through cost sharing or full private. The role of the private services is therefore much more significant. Nationally, there is a mismatch between the numbers of pharmacists and where are they worked, and the demand for pharmacy services. [from abstract]

Understanding the Labour Market of Human Resources for Health in Sudan

This document provides an overview of the HRH labour market in Sudan, highlighting the importance of a comprehensive approach to understanding the driving forces that affect the supply and demand for health workers, in order to provide a basis for developing effective HRH polices that can contribute to progress towards universal health coverage. [from abstract]

HIV in Fragile States

Case studies on the HIV response in South Sudan, Haiti and Cote d’Ivoire. [from introduction]

Framework for the Development of Human Resources in the Pharmaceutical Sector

This report describes key pharmaceutical human resource issues, the proceeding of the pharmaceutical human resources consultation meeting, steps leading to the development of the human resources strategy and the pharmaceutical human resources strategy framework which sets out a strategic agenda for action to address capacity issues in the pharmaceutical sector. [adapted from introduction]

National Human Resources for Health Strategic Plan for Sudan 2012-2016

This strategic plan for HRH in Sudan is introduced with the aim of guiding the efforts and further work in developing human resource plans at different levels of the health system in a comprehensive approach that considers all dimensions of HRH. The plan defines the priorities of HR issues; and accordingly recommends strategic goals and objectives to revive and improve HRH policies, planning, production, distribution and HR management systems to improve individual performance and training services. [from summary]

Assessment of Human Resources at the Pharmaceutical Sector

The main objective of this assessment was to determine human resources availability in the pharmaceutical sector in Sudan. The assessment was done in six states and included the Ministry of Health and its agencies, pharmacy education providers, public health facilities, private retail pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and local pharmaceutical companies. [adapted from author]

Continuing Professional Development Policy (Sudan)

This document aims to serve as a policy guide for the provision of continuing professional development (CPD) to health care professionals affiliated with Federal and State ministries of Health in Sudan. This policy framework sets regulations, standards and norms. [adapted from author]

Building Bridges to Sustainable Human Resources for Health Development: Annual Report 2012

This aim of this report is to document the goals, contributions and achievements of the Directorate General of Human Resources for Health Development (DGHRD). The report is in three sections: an introduction to HRH with reference to its importance to the health system; annual plans, achievements and drawbacks of the institutes and sub-directorates in 2012; the DGHRD vision for 2013 and statement on the way forward. [adapted from author]

From Dream to Reality: The National HRH Observatory Sudan Success Story

This presentation from the Irish Forum for Global Health Conference provides a background on development of observatories, and outlines the achievements, challenges and prospects of the HRH observatory in Sudan. [adapted from author]

Acceptance and Uptake of Voluntary HIV Testing among Healthcare Workers in a South African Public Hospital

The aim of this study is to determine factors associated with the acceptance and uptake of voluntary HIV testing among healthcare workers in a public hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. [from abstract]

Can Primary Health Care Staff be Trained in Basic Life-Saving Surgery?

This article advocates training rural primary health care staff in basic emergency surgery in those areas of South Sudan where there is no access to secondary or tertiary level facilities (i.e. surgical task-shifting). Based on their experience, the authors describe and recommend the type of on-the-job training that they feel is most suitable for this level of staff. [from publisher]

Policy for Market Based Private Health Care Sector

The Federal Ministry of Health, recognizing the complementary role of the market based private sector in the provision of quality health services at competitive price especially in the underserved areas, developed this policy document to define the role of private v/s public sector, to institute mechanisms for the regulation of health services delivery, setting up and monitoring of the minimum standards of care, and bring into fold the private sector in reporting within the defined parameters. [from author]

Retention of Clinical Officers in Southern Sudan: A Tracer Study of Maridi National Health Training Institute Graduates

The overall goal of the post-graduation tracer survey was to determine the proportion of graduates still working in Southern Sudan, where they have been deployed, their specific duties, and the perceptions of the graduates on the effectiveness of the training program in preparing them for their duties. [adapted from author]

How Many Doctors Do We Need in Sudan?

The aim of this paper is to propose a scientific estimation of Sudan’s need for doctors in strategic terms by: projecting estimated figures to reach the average standards of doctor-population ratios in the region; projecting annual graduation and postgraduate training rates; proposing estimates of the number of doctors the state economy can support; suggesting meastures to optimize distribution in different speacialties and geographic zones and to manage migration. [adapted from author]

Sudan's National Policy Towards Voluntary Sector in Health

This document outlines the Ministry’s policies regarding the role NGOs play in national health policy and health services, outlines strengths and weaknesses of NGO programs and outlines government standards for integrating and evaluating NGO services. [adapted from author]

Predicting Intention to Treat HIV-Infected Patients among Tanzanian and Sudanese Medical and Dental Students Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour: a Cross Sectional Study

The HIV epidemic poses significant challenges to the low income countries in sub Saharan Africa, affecting the attrition rate among health care workers, their level of motivation, and absenteeism from work. This study aimed to predict the intention to provide surgical treatment to HIV infected patients among medical- and dental students in Tanzania and Sudan using an extended version of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. [from abstract]

Role of Nurses and Midwives in Polio Eradication and Measles Control Activities: a Survey in Suday and Zambia

We conducted a survey among nurses and midwives working at district level in Sudan and Zambia to determine their roles and functions in polio eradication and measles elimination programs. [from abstract]

New Era: Health Information Resource Centers in Southern Sudan

In Southern Sudan, the Capacity Project is strengthening the Ministry of Health’s ability to hire, train and manage a high-quality health workforce. Opened in May 2008, the Project-supported resource center provides hospital staff, medical students and Ministry of Health personnel with print and electronic materials, library services, Internet access and computer training. [adapted from author]

Five-Year Health Sector Strategy: Investing in Health and Achieving the MDGs 2007-2011

The health sector has prepared this 5 year strategy in for developing a 5 year strategic plan for all sectors in Sudan. The purpose of this policy document is to provide a framework for the health system reform and sustainable development. It stipulates as well the most important health priorities to be addressed during the coming five years (2007-2011). [from introduction]

Sudan Health System Profile

This document profiles the Sudan Health System, detailing the resources it employs the and the challenges it faces.

25 Year Strategic Plan for Health Sector

This strategy was prepared in response to the national government initiative of developing a 25-year strategic plan for all sectors in Sudan. The purpose of this policy document is to give a framework for health systems and services development from 2003-2027. It provides a road map for identifying key priority areas and defining the context within which the health system will perform. The strategy will provide a guide for policy makers and service providers to achieve the future vision. [from introduction]

HRH Strategic Work Plan for Sudan 2008-2012 (Draft)

This strategic work plan for HRH in Sudan is introduced with the aim of guiding the efforts and further work in developing human resource plans at different levels of the health system in a comprehensive approach that considers all dimensions of HRH. The plan also defines the issues and priorities and suggests strategic actions to revive and improve HR policies, planning, production and management systems. [from executive summary]

Role of Leadership in HRH Development in Challenging Public Health Settings

This article profiles three leaders from Afghanistan, South Africa, and Southern Sudan who have made a significant difference in those countries’ HR situations. By taking a comprehensive approach and working in partnership with stakeholders, these leaders demonstrate that strengthening health workforce planning, management, and training can have a positive effect on the performance of the health sector. [from author]

Human Relations: Building Leadership in Southern Sudan's Health Sector

This version of Voices discusses the Capacity Project’s work with the Ministry of Health in Southern Sudan to strengthen its ability to plan for and manage the health workforce. [adapted from author]

Sudanese Physicians' Reintegration Program

This article describes the achievements of 11 Sudanese-Canadian physicians who completed medical training and returned to Southern Sudan to practice. Few internationally educated physicians are prepared to return to a homeland as challenging as Southern Sudan; this goes against the globally entrenched flow of physicians migrating from developing to developed countries. [from introduction]

Introducing the IMCI Community Component into the Curriculum of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira

In 2001 the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Gezira (FMUG) introduced the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) strategy into its medical curriculum. The emphasis was on pre-service training that addresses standard case management and the IMCI community component. This report presents the experience of FMUG in integrating such a training package into the medical curriculum. It explains the rationale for introducing the IMCI community component and the guiding principles for doing so.

Scaling Up Health Worker Numbers in a Post Conflict Setting

This presentation was given at the First Forum on Human Resources for Health in Kampala. It discusses training Clinical Officers, a cadre of mid-level health professionals, as a method of filling the health worker gap in a post-conflict area.