News: Health Workers

iHRIS: Tracking Almost Half a Million Health Workers Worldwide
The world needs approximately 4.3 million additional health workers. Africa alone needs 1.4 million more. Having the right number of health workers, however, is not enough. How can countries ensure their health workers are in the right positions to care for their populations, and how can countries plan for future needs? Picture this: the Ministry of Health asks the registrar at a nursing and midwifery council to provide the number of...
A Projected Shortage of 800,000 Heath Workers
Last week, Health Affairs published an article that projected a shortage of 818,000 doctors, nurses, and midwives in 31 sub-Saharan African countries by the year 2015. To come up with this figure, the authors examined both the estimated health worker demand (1.163 million) and compared it with the estimated supply (371,000). When looking at these numbers, it immediately becomes clear why this article is garnering attention in the HRH...
Health Worker Migration and HRIS
The migration of health workers continues to be a hot topic in the healthcare world. The WHO’s 2006 World Health Report cited a global shortage of 4.3 million health workers. This shortage is concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, which has 25% of the global burden of disease but only 3% of the world’s health workforce. The departure of health workers from their country of training often presents a significant cost to that country. The primary...
Why do we need stronger HR information systems for health workers?
The need for better information on health workers is critical to addressing not just the oft-challenged health worker crisis, but to deal with any and all health issues, on every level from local communities to the entire world. There are many efforts undertaken around the world to improve the availability, analysis and use of health worker information. Governments, health service delivery organizations, parastatal registration and licensure...
IntraHealth CEO Champions Role of Informatics in Strengthening Health Workers
Pape Gaye, IntraHealth ’s president and CEO, discussed the challenges of building sub-Saharan Africa’s capacity in health care and information communication technology (ICT) at the Public Health Informatics conference in Seattle, Washington, on September 19. Gaye spoke as part of the plenary session “Decision Support for Public Health and Policy Development: Building Capacity and Sustainability.” Gaye explained how IntraHealth’s Human Resources...