To address human resource (HR) challenges in the health sector, Health Partners International and partners work closely with government stakeholders to understand the socioeconomic, political, patronage and power structures that affect human resource policy development and implementation.
We draw on decades of practical experience of working in fragile states across sub- Saharan Africa to assess and develop appropriate solutions. These initiatives address issues of maldistribution in rural areas, “ghost workers”, inappropriate appointments and poor balance of skilled and unskilled staffing.
We strengthen human resource information systems and support stakeholders to use real-time data for evidence-based advocacy to address bottlenecks and human resource issues and to build political commitment. Political commitment is encapsulated in high level HR committees, clear HR policies and well trained HR staff.
Our work in strengthening human resource policy includes:
- advocating for senior bureaucrats to lead on human resources for health issues
- strengthening the functioning of HR committees through updated HR information
- developing informed human resource policies
- participating in the HR aspects of policies such as free maternal newborn and child health care and minimum service packages
- building the capacity of key HR staff and committee members.
HPI has worked in Botswana, South Africa, Nigeria, South Sudan and Zambia to strengthen human resources for health policy development and implementation.