News: Health Workers

More Countries Now Using mHero to Boost COVID-19 Response
More countries are using mHero to tackle their COVID-19 epidemics, including to monitor the health of their frontline health workers, speed up communications between ministries and the front lines, and boost surveillance and response for COVID-19 and other disease threats. During any disease outbreak, real-time communication between national health authorities and frontline health workers is critical to protecting health workers and saving lives...
We’re Moving Fast to Help Health Workers Worldwide Combat COVID-19
Today, as COVID-19 continues to invade our thoughts and lives, my mind is on frontline health workers. They don’t have the option to work from home, as many of us are doing today. They’re on the front lines as I write this—in hospitals, clinics, and triage centers around the world—putting themselves at risk to stop this pandemic. Now, more than ever, health workers need our support. Last week, as I began my new job as president & CEO at...
Kenya Now Uses iHRIS Software to Manage PEPFAR Health Workforce
The government of Kenya is now using IntraHealth’s iHRIS software to manage 25,000 health workers contracted through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). IntraHealth already supports national and county governments in managing Kenya’s 67,000 public sector health workers using iHRIS through the USAID-funded Human Resources for Health Kenya Mechanism. But now that use is expanding. HIV testing, care, and treatment in Kenya is...
Seven Creative Approaches to Health Workforce Challenges
Over the course of our 40-year history, IntraHealth International has consistently designed creative solutions to health workforce challenges. From new technologies to old-fashioned human storytelling, we find new solutions to longstanding problems. In a new technical publication, we highlight seven examples of how and why we look for new ways to get results. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside The Future of Global Health Starts Here: 7...
mSakhi App Adapted for Noncommunicable Diseases in Jharkhand, India
The Department of Health of Jharkhand, India, is using the mSakhi mobile app as part of its ambitious program to screen clients in Ranchi district for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) with a focus on hypertension and diabetes. One in four Indians is at risk of dying prematurely—that is, before the age of 70—from an NCD, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). India is the first country to adapt the WHO’s global monitoring framework to...
New Software Application Tracks Health Worker Training
The global agenda is clear: universal health coverage. And as we heard at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health , a strong, qualified health workforce is essential to achieving this goal. But how do we create a strong global health workforce that can provide care to all 7 billion of us? One of the keys is information—reliable, accurate information on health workers’ skills and qualifications. Data on individual health workers’...
Supporting Front-line Health Workers with Information Technologies
iHRIS team lead Dykki Settle is co-author of an article appearing in the November 2013 Bulletin of the World Health Organization . The theme for the bulletin is "human resources for universal health coverage." The article, "Leveraging information technology to bridge the health workforce gap," makes recommendations for how information and communication technologies can be used in training, deploying, supporting, and empowering front-line health...
iHRIS Is Part of the Global Investment in Health Workers
This week, a post by global development communications expert David J. Olson in the Huffington Post, "Years of Investments Finally Put Health Workers on the Global Stage," mentioned iHRIS as an example of how development aid is supporting health workers, the backbone of any health system. Here is the quote: And in Ghana, I saw IntraHealth's CapacityPlus project helping the Ministry of Health to introduce a health workforce information system...
Uganda Launches iHRIS Train to Track Health Worker Training
Health workforce decision-makers now have a new tool for their toolbox: iHRIS Train, software that tracks health worker training and reports on the number of health professionals being produced in a country. iHRIS Train was recently launched in Uganda at an event hosted by the Ministry of Education and Sports. iHRIS Train is the newest addition to the open source iHRIS software and tools for tracking, managing, and planning the health workforce...
iHRIS Retain and Other CapacityPlus Tools Inform Laotian Health Workforce Recruitment and Retention Policy
In Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), findings from the Ministry of Health’s application of the Rapid Retention Survey Toolkit and iHRIS Retain , with technical support from Capacity Plus and the World Health Organization, have informed the new national recruitment and retention policy for the health workforce. Announced this month, the policy stipulates that all new graduates in medicine, nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, and...