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Demonstrating global leadership in human resources for health (HRH)

Continuing Professional Development Guidelines Completed. The Continuing Professional Development Guidelines were approved by USAID/Washington and the four health professional councils in Uganda.

Leadership and Management Skills Improved. The Capacity Project undertook initiatives in Kenya and Uganda to improve leadership and management skills. In Uganda, the Project collaborated with the International Council of Nurses to support the final Leadership for Change Workshop, attended by ten of the top nurse leaders in the country. In Kenya, the Project supported seven professional associations in the development of a strategic plan for their organizations by mirroring the success of the National Nurses Association of Kenya, which mentored the process.

Global Framework Guides Countries’ HRH Strategic Planning. The Capacity Project played a leading role in the development of the HRH Action Framework (HAF), published in Working Together for Health: The World Health Report 2006. Available in English, French and Spanish, the HAF represents general agreement among global and national stakeholders on a comprehensive approach and tools to address health workforce issues. For example, in Uganda the HAF website was integrated into the Ministry of Health Resource Center to support evidence-based HRH decision-making, and the HAF was used in Mozambique and in Kenya’s North Eastern Province to determine key priorities and recommend high-yield strategies.

HRH Action Framework Activities Extended. In collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Project conducted a workshop in Lima, Peru in September on “Using the HRH Action Framework to Address Human Resources for Health Challenges.” Participants from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela learned how to use the HAF as a tool to develop, strengthen and implement country specific HRH strategies and plans.

HAF Workshop Conducted. In collaboration with PAHO and the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), the Project conducted a workshop on the HAF as a part of the PAHO IX Regional Meeting of the Observatories of Human Resources for Health in Santiago, Chile. From November 4-6, 2008, 25 HRH planners and decision-makers from ten countries and WHO/Geneva discussed how the HAF could facilitate planning and implementation of key activities within their countries. The workshop furthered the efforts of the Capacity Project, PAHO and GHWA to bring the HAF to the countries of the Americas.

HRH Virtual Leadership Development Program (VLDP) Improves Skills. The Capacity Project helped improve the leadership, management and communication skills of HRH teams in Africa (75 participants from eight countries in the first VLDP, and 68 participants from eight countries in the second VLDP). Participants in this program applied these skills to address challenges in their organizations and created action plans to produce results.

HRH Mini-Forum Strengthens Faith-Based Organizations’ HRH Collaboration. To enhance HRH development among faith-based organizations, the Capacity Project supported a productive HRH Mini-Forum for 34 human resources representatives and leaders from ten African Christian Health Associations in February 2006. Participants from the Mini-Forum established the Christian Health Association Technical Working Group for HRH, which includes representatives from 12 countries.

Africa Health Workforce Observatory Strengthens HRH Knowledge-Sharing. The Africa Health Workforce Observatory is a knowledge-sharing initiative designed to improve HRH planning, policy and management in the region. The Capacity Project co-facilitated a key meeting in Tanzania in September 2006 with representatives from 15 African countries and partners including WHO, the World Bank and others. Participants made substantial progress in developing consensus on common issues, such as creating standardized health cadre definitions to facilitate comparisons across countries. The Project served on the steering group to guide the Observatory’s ongoing work.

Technical Support Provided in Latin America and Caribbean Region. The Project provided technical assistance to four Eastern Caribbean countries (St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Dominica) to help them analyze and decide whether to develop proposals for individual Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) grants for their respective countries. In each of the countries, the Project performed a rapid capacity assessment to determine the potential likelihood of implementing a performance-based program to scale up the national response to HIV/AIDS. Five trips were made between September and November 2007 for this work, resulting in recommendations to each of the countries to determine next steps in their pursuit of additional GFATM funding.

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