News: Events

Capacity Project End-of-Project Event
On September 23, the Capacity Project held its end-of-project event, “It Takes a Workforce: Improving Global Health Services,” at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Project leadership and staff joined Pape Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth International, and key representatives from USAID , global partner organizations, ministries of health and other organizations. The event included plenary presentations, break-out sessions for discussion,...
Capacity Project Tools and Resources Disseminated at Global Health Council Conference
On May 27, the Capacity Project hosted an auxiliary event , “Health Workforce: Using Better Data, Making Better Decisions,” at the Global Health Council conference in Washington, DC. Focusing on the Project’s human resources information systems (HRIS) strengthening process, experts led participants in small group and one-on-one discussions about the HRIS Strengthening Implementation Toolkit , stakeholder leadership groups, iHRIS software, data-...
DDDM at the GHC: Using Better Data, Making Better Decisions
In addition to showcasing the HRIS strengthening process and work, our auxiliary event, “Health Workforce: Using Better Data, Making Better Decisions” offered great opportunity to receive feedback from the global health community. I was ideally situated at the back of the room covering the data-driven decision-making (DDDM) table. While talking to a colleague from Tanzania I noted you can walk through the strengthening process as you stroll the...
GHC Conference: Advocating for Research (and Applications to HRIS)
I attended an interesting session in the policy series entitled: Advocating for Research. Although the speakers focused on vaccine research, I found that many of the points they made had direct application to our work. We do not think of collecting HR data to feed HRIS as conducting research, since the data are collected for management purposes and not for research purposes. However, as with much public health research, the ultimate goal of an...
This Week at the GHC
This is my first time to attend the GHC and I've had a blast — it has been more fun than I expected to be around so many people excited about and doing similar work. Listening to great speakers like Hans Rosling of Gapminder.org is always fun and entertaining. Hans promotes a fact-based world in a way that challenges a lot of our assumptions about the world and isn't afraid to kill sacred cows. “You should forbid the discussion of ‘HIV in Africa...
African Insight
I'm new to the NGO environment and pretty exited and pleased with the good work that is being done - my thought is more that we as advisors and implementers must not forget to keep on asking and taking time to understand the real need of the recipients before we get stuck in advising and implementing solutions.
Two Team Milestones Reached
The Capacity Project HRIS Team has been very busy lately, recently hosting two very important events: our first regional Africa HRIS/DDDM workshop and an auxiliary event at this week's Global Health Council conference. In April, the Capacity Project collaborated with the East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community and WHO to conduct the “Africa Regional Meeting on Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS): Taking Stock, Sharing...
The 36th Annual Global Health Council Conference
Back in January, I was invited to participate as a Technical Leader for this year’s Global Health Council Conference: New Technologies + Proven Strategies = Healthy Communities Many conversations, meetings, planning, and emails later, this week we stand in the midst of the best GHC Conference I have yet attended. Already this week I have heard great panels on mHealth, eLearning, and open source for global health,...
GHC Conference: Talking About Open Source
The second plenary session I attended was called "The Big Choice: The Successes and Challenges of Open Source Technology." The panelists were Karl Brown from the Rockefeller Foundation , Paul Biondich of OpenMRS , Alexandre Rideau of Reseau African d'Education pour la Sante and our own Pape Gaye, CEO of IntraHealth International . While the panelists were careful to say that they were not open source evangelists, they spent a lot more time...
GHC Conference: Talking About Mobile Health
I am only attending the Global Health Council Conference for today, unfortunately, but I was at two great sessions this morning. I'm going to highlight the key points in this post and the next, and I hope my colleagues will pick up where I left off for the remainder of the conference. The first session was called "Transformations: Discovering New Strategies Using Proven Technologies," but it was really all about mobile health (or mHealth, if you...