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In support of USAID/Africa Bureau's mission to foster successful, African-led development, the Capacity Project identified and documented promising human resources for health (HRH) practices in Africa. The Project created case studies of promising HRH practices in four countries—Ghana, Malawi, Namibia and Uganda—that are available to other countries in the region to help them create strategies for strengthening the health workforce.

The series of case studies describes effective interventions from a variety of settings in Africa. For example, the Namibia case study describes how the country’s Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) successfully outsourced its HR function to a private firm, resulting in the rapid hiring and deployment of over 500 health and non-health workers over two years. This work required harmonizing the salaries of all workers hired through Centers for Disease Control and Global Fund mechanisms with MOHSS pay scales and benefits packages. Close coordination between MOHSS and several donors on hiring and deployment issues was effectively carried out.

These case studies, along with a final report compiling lessons across countries, were disseminated to HRH planners throughout the region as models for possible replication. In addition, the case studies were featured at the Project’s HRH Action Workshop (Ghana, September 2007) and posted on the HRH Global Resource Center digital library.

The Project also completed a human resources assessment of the national program for orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania. The resulting report provides recommendations to the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on building public sector human resources to implement the country’s National Plan of Action for these children.

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