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Training Management Information System as a Tool for Addressing Public Health Workforce needs and rational deployment in India.

Skills based training of health personnel and task shifting have been two strategies under NRHM to address the shortfall of human resources in health in India. Training Management Information system, a web based “single window” software application was developed for creating a nationwide database for health personnel that can be updated real time at the […]

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Strengthening the competencies and skills of nurses in mental health: Experiences from Bosnia and Herzegovina

The mental health reform in BH was launched in 1996 focusing on community-based care and so far made significant progress through the development of a large network of community mental health centers. In the centers operate multidisciplinary teams, within which nurses are the largest and least skilled professional categories, with the highest fluctuation rate within […]

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Scaling up family medicine and primary health care in Africa.

Increasingly, there is emphasis on the need for scaling up capacity of primary health care. The Primafamed-network (, has formulated at its workshop in November 2012 a statement on human resources for primary health care. They formulated a plan that will lead to 30.000 new family physicians in sub-saharan Africa by 2020. There is an […]

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Performance of Community Health Workers in Community Case Management: Uganda

Integrated community case management is key child survival strategy in resource poor settings. There is paucity of data on performance of community health workers in this strategy and how this performance can be measured. We report on a study that evaluated the performance of community health workers using case vignettes. Overall community health workers perform […]

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Distance to basic services and Retention of Health Workers in Tanzania: A multivariate logistic and GIS Model Approach.

Lack of basic services in some areas of the country is one of the major reasons for health workers to migrate to areas with better services and causing other areas to remain with few health staffs, therefore poor health care. A simple analysis to determine the availability of these services and at what distance a […]

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Engaging village doctors in mHealth program? An experience from rural Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is one of the 57 countries with a serious shortage of trained doctors, paramedics, nurses and midwives. Village doctors, a group of informally trained practitioners of modern drugs, are the dominant health care providers in the rural area. Village doctors, trained by icddr,b, who had achieved an acceptable level of performance in dispensing drugs […]

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The perception of Family Medicine by Medical Student and Clinical Teaching Staff: Tajikistan

The Tajik government is committed to promoting a family medicine model for Tajikistan. However, recent trends show that family medicine remains an unpopular choice among medical students. The study explores in a cross-sectional survey the perception of students as well as teaching staff on family medicine. Results show that several steps can be taken by […]

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Maternal Health Workforce Management in Vietnamese Health Communes

As part of a study into the governance of health workforce in Vietnam, this study examined the impact of staff qualifications, training opportunities and other factors on reported ability to perform Essential Obstetric Care services (EOCs) in two provinces. While qualifications and training were the most important factors, national and district policies such as which […]

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Evaluating Systems-Thinking for District Managers: Ghana

This presentation examines a management and leadership capacity strengthening intervention for district health managers in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, based on continuous quality improvement philosophy. In particular, the study’s interest was in whether the intervention supports the development of systems-thinking in district managers in order to enhance their decision-making in implementing policies and […]

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Decentralized nurse training in rural Zambia – triplicating the output of trained nurses.

The SolidarMed pilot project decentralized practical nurse training in rural Zambia started in 2012 with St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Mpanshya. The project aims at providing nurses for rural districts of Zambia by triplicating the annual student intake, and by delivering quality theoretical and decentralised practical training meeting quality standards. It is a pilot […]

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