Technical Expertise / Workforce Development
Quality health care services rely on education and training systems that develop health
workersâ€™ clinical skills and knowledge in alignment with national health priorities. The Capacity
Project aimed to achieve the following results within the area of workforce development:
- Prepare more providers to meet priority national health needs with a particular
emphasis on family planning/reproductive health
- Strengthen pre-service education institutions, tutors and systems
- Strengthen professional associations to support national workforce development
and service delivery
- Improve linkages among national plans and policies, education/training systems
and strong professional associations.
The most significant results involved applying the Project's Learning for Performance (LFP) approach as well strengthening pre-service education and professional associations.
- The LFP approach represents a useful instructional design tool and can play an
important role in key strategies to address human resources for health issues, including task shifting,
developing new cadres, accelerating training and deployment of emergency hires
and aligning pre-service education and in-service training with national goals.
- The highly participatory nature of LFP contributes to the approachâ€™s success. Applying
LFP fosters teamwork and improves collaboration and communication among
managers, teachers, trainers, preceptors and supervisors, which in turn improves
student/trainee learning and performance. The benefits of involving stakeholders
must take into consideration the time that participatory activities require.
- A comprehensive approach to pre-service education strengthening can be
accomplished in just three to four years.
- Because many donors and countries alike continue to view pre-service education
as expensive, long-term and difficult to evaluate, there is a need to generate
more compelling evidence that this is a fruitful area for investment.
- Professional associations are an important entry point for developing and
strengthening health worker leadership skills, especially among cadres
that are primarily female.
- Access to smart phones and other information technologies is rapidly changing
the options for expanding and strengthening curriculum development.
- Establishing education programs closer to rural areas can improve deployment
of health cadres to those areas (e.g., Gao Nursing School in Mali).
Learn more about the Projectâ€™s workforce development results.
See other areas in Technical Expertise: Workforce Planning and Leadership; Performance Support; Knowledge Management