URC teams with Chemonics, others to build human resources for health globally

URC is teaming up with a consortium of global health partners, led by Chemonics International, Inc., formed specifically to provide cutting-edge technical assistance and leadership towards the advancement of global human resources for health (HRH).

This five-year USAID-funded project, Human Resources for Health (HRH2030), has been awarded to Chemonics, with URC as a notable sub-partner. Other partner organizations are Amref Health Africa, Futures Group (now Palladium), American International Health Alliance, Royal Tropical Institute, Open Development, and ThinkWell. This dynamic partnership will enable HRH2030 to effectively engage stakeholders not only in health, but across development sectors in education, finance, economic growth, and leadership and governance, to comprehensively address the challenging HRH landscape in the developing world.

With an estimated worldwide HRH deficit of 12.9 million, enhancing the size and proficiency of the health workforce has been recognized as a fundamental component of health systems strengthening (HSS) in low- and middle-income countries. HRH2030 will support countries to strengthen their health workforces to better meet the needs of their populations, especially in regards to ending preventable maternal and child deaths, creating an AIDS-free generation, achieving the goals of Family Planning 2020, and attaining universal health coverage globally. 

HRH2030 strives to:

  1. Enhance health workforce performance and productivity through improved health facility management, health worker retention, mHealth technology, and quality improvement.
  2. Increase the number, skill mix, and competency of the health workforce through multi-sectoral capacity building and instructional and institutional reforms to workforce education.
  3. Advance HRH/HSS leadership and governance capacity through public sector stewardship, cross-sector collaboration, and equitable resource allocation.
  4. Strengthen the sustainability of HRH investments through availability and use of high-quality data for planning and evaluation and sustainable financing.

Building on its global development experience, URC will contribute its technical leadership in health system strengthening, quality improvement, and implementation science to HRH2030. We will leverage our close relationships with country and global networks, including the Global Health Workforce Alliance, to strengthen HRH at the national and local level. Building off previous project success with USAID ASSIST and TRAction, we will utilize proven methodologies that focus on community-centered approaches where local people solve local solutions to address performance improvement, health staff utilization, and clinic management in order to build a stronger global health workforce.

A senior nurse attends to pregnant women at the Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital Antenatal Care Clinic in Uganda while nursing students observe (2013)
Date 
September 30, 2015
Authors 
by Carolyn Hemminger, Knowledge Management Specialist and Tonja Cullen Balogun, Senior Technical Advisor for Program Implementation
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