HRH Roundup: What We’re Reading, April 2018

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Where do you get your news in human resources for health? Here’s a roundup of what our team has been reading over the past month, and what you might want to check out, too!

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  • Female health workers in conservative Afghanistan facing immense barriers
    Xinhua, April 8
    Scarcity of female health workers still remains a challenge in conservative Afghanistan despite improvement in women’s status and progress in the health sector within the last 17 years.
  • Everyone needs access to quality health services – WHO
    Malawi24, April 7
    As the world celebrates the World Health Day today, World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed the need for everyone to access health services. According to a statement released by WHO, universal health coverage for everyone, everywhere is critical to achieving sustainable development in Malawi.
  • Celebrating unsung heroes
    Zambia Daily Mail, April 6
    The use of community health workers in various public health facilities has been identified as one strategy to address the growing shortage of health workers, particularly in low-income countries like Zambia. It is against this background that Ministry of Health feels a need to celebrate these unsung heroes that are handy to Zambia’s attainment of the global target of achieving universal health coverage.
  • World Health Workers Week: Celebrating the heroes that keep us healthy
    Guardian Nigeria, April 4
    Health workers are the backbone of effective health systems and often times are the only access to healthcare for millions of people.
  • Human Resource for Health Vision to be Unveiled
    International News, April 4
    Recognizing the value of adequate and well-performing health workers for effective functioning of health systems, Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services, in consultation with the provincial departments of Health and other stakeholders, has developed Human Resource for Health Vision 2018-30
  • Advice To Parachuting Docs: Think Before You Jump Into Poor Countries
    NPR, April 4
    Dctors and medical students are flocking to programs where they spend a couple of weeks to months volunteering in what’s called a “low-resource” country. In these places, medical expertise and technology may lag behind richer nations. And sometimes their eagerness to help can have unintended negative consequences.
  • Policy to Attract Health Workers to Rural PNG
    EMTV Online, March 27
    Papua New Guniea’s government is working on a policy to attract health workers to rural areas. The policy is in its final stages and hoped to be implemented in 2019.
  • Kenya needs nearly 43,000 more medics
    Business Daily Africa, March 26
    Kenya is currently grappling with a shortage of 42,800 health workers, a state of affairs that stands in the way of efforts to ensure universal healthcare. This is according to Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, who said the number of medics is below the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation of 23 workers per 10,000 people.
  • Angola: Recruitment of New Health Workers Help Reduce Staff Shortages, March 20
    The hiring, in near future, of the new workers – physicians and nurses – will gradually tackle the issue linked to the lack of staff in various country’s health units, the health minister Sílvia Paula Lutucuta has said.
  • Malawi College of Health Sciences, AMREF launch E-learning course
    Nyasa Times, March 19
    The Malawi College of Health Sciences (MCHS) and Ekwendeni College of Health Sciences (ECOHS), in collaboration with Amref Health Africa in Malawi, announce the launch of a two-year e-Learning training course for nurse-midwife technicians leading to a Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Can health workers stop thousands of women being killed in Guatemala?
    The Guardian, March 7
    The country has the world’s third highest rate of femicide. Meet the health professionals taking a stand against domestic abuse
  • Five Reasons to #PressforProgress and Develop More Female Health Leaders
    Global Daily, March 7
    Women are agents of change. While there has been a great deal of progress in creating opportunities for women in the health workforce, there is still much more to do to ensure equity and parity for female health workers globally.