News: Kenya

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’...
iHRIS Train: A New Tool for Health Worker Training
Health workforce managers have a new tool they can count on to better know and manage their health workforce. iHRIS Train, which manages data on the education of health professionals—both before entering the profession and while in service—is the latest application in the growing iHRIS lineup of workforce management software . iHRIS Train sheds light on a critical area of the health workforce picture. This tool collects and reports data on the...
Kenya and Uganda Model iHRIS Mentorship
Can a mentoring relationship between nations expedite implementation of the iHRIS open source software for tracking and managing health workers? With that in mind, Robert Nguni of Capacity Kenya recently traveled to neighboring Uganda for a week-long visit to learn about strategies successfully put into practice by the Uganda Capacity Program . I interviewed Nguni, senior manager of HRIS in Kenya, along with Ismail Wadembere, HRIS manager, and...
CIO Magazine Features FUNZOKenya Project and iHRIS Suite
We were excited to see that the October 2012 issue of CIO Magazine features an article on the FUNZOKenya project and how it is using the iHRIS Suite to address health workforce challenges in Kenya. The FUNZOKenya project supports increased access to training opportunities for health workers through greater use of information and communication technologies. The project is using the iHRIS Suite to track information about health workers, including...
iHRIS Gives Kenya An Active Personnel System for the Entire Public Sector
The HRIS implementation team for Capacity Kenya (CK), has championed the use of iHRIS in Kenya and because of their efforts we are excited to soon have a fully integrated system for HRH for policy, planning, and management throughout the country. iHRIS work in Kenya began in August 2009 when iHRIS Manage was implemented to help HR Managers better track the location and skills of their health workers. Drawn from Kenya’s two Ministries of Health,...
Trip to Kenya Furthers Several HRIS Initiatives
Capacity Plus software developer, Carl Leitner, recently traveled to Kenya to advance HR information system (HRIS) strengthening initiatives, including furthering regional support of the iHRIS software , fostering collaboration with other health information systems (HIS) implementers in the region, and gathering feedback for future HRIS-related trainings. In Nairobi, Carl met with representatives from the Capacity Kenya project, a...
iHRIS user training for the Health sector in Kenya
Kenya is implementing iHRIS Manage to track health workers in the country’s health sector. A technical working group (TWG), mandated by health sector stakeholders and with technical assistance from Capacity Kenya project, is leading the initiative. The two ministries of health -- Ministry of Medical Services (MoMS) and Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MoPHS) -- were identified as the first sites for implementation. So far, iHRIS Manage...
IntraHealth Continues Human Resources for Health Work in Kenya and Tanzania Through New Projects
Through the Capacity Project , IntraHealth has been working in Kenya and Tanzania to improve their capacity in human resources for health (HRH), including strengthening their HR information systems. Two USAID associate awards—Capacity Kenya and the Tanzania Human Resource Capacity Project—will allow IntraHealth to build upon the successes of the Capacity Project. Capacity Kenya will continue to roll out the HRIS, among other HRH initiatives. The...
Kenya Conducts Workshop on Using HRH Data to Make Decisions
Over the last two years, the Capacity Project has planned and facilitated workshops in several countries to build the capacity and skills of human resources for health (HRH) planners and managers in data analysis and use. From February 4-6 in Kenya, 36 participants took part in “Data-Driven Decision-Making: Using HRH Data to Make Effective Collaborative Decisions.” Representing the public sector, faith-based organizations , training institutions...
Kenya Workshop Reports HR Information System Progress
On June 4 the Capacity Project and Ministry of Health (MOH) facilitated a Technical Working Group (TWG) workshop to review progress and next steps on Kenya’s human resources information system (HRIS). The TWG coordinates the functions of the HRIS and consists of members of a larger HRIS stakeholder leadership group (SLG). The meeting began with an update from local software developers who recently customized the Project’s HRIS software to meet...