Each month, mPowering partners compile our top five articles, videos, and resources related to mHealth, global health, and technology for development. This month, Deepanjali Jain, Global Health Corps Policy Fellow, IntraHealth International, shares her top five recommended resources:
This report, independently commissioned by the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, estimates the cost of building a resilient, sustainable health workforce in the three countries most affected by the Ebola epidemic: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Before the epidemic, these countries each had fewer than three doctors, nurses, and midwives per 10,000 population–significantly below the WHO threshold of 22.8 doctors, nurses and midwives per 10,000 population to deliver essential health services. The analysis estimates that it would cost approximately $573 million over five years (less than $115 million per year on average) to double the skilled health workforce in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as expand coverage via a comprehensive community health worker program. The analysis further supports the Frontline Health Workers Coalition’s Ebola-related policy recommendations, which can be found here.
In February 2015, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released a Human Resources for Health strategy designed to complement the targets established in PEPFAR 3.0–geared towards achieving an AIDS-free generation. Since its inception in 2003, PEPFAR has supported more than 140,000 health workers, and the new human resources for health strategy highlights the importance of continued investment in health workforce to sustain progress in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention around the world. In recent years, PEPFAR has provided a majority of U.S. government investment in health workforce strengthening in developing countries.
One in seven marginalized persons in the world is affected by a lack of basic surgical care, and that lack of access contributes to 11-15% of the global disease burden. A major barrier to expanding access to surgical care is the lack of qualified health workers in low-resource settings. This blog post by Susan Hayes, the CEO and President of ReSurge International, tells the story of Mohammed Hussein, a young amputee in Bangladesh. The post highlights the importance of investment in and attention to basic surgical care.
The President’s National Security Strategy is a guiding document for how the administration plans to address some of the most pressing national security concerns of the United States. The strategy identifies increasing global health security as a priority to keep Americans safe. Released amid the devastating Ebola epidemic, this initiative is receiving bipartisan support and attention. Well-supported and well-trained health workers, especially on the frontlines of care, are critical to building country capacity to prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks–and no initiatives to safeguard global health security can succeed without an investment in health workers.
As the Millennium Development Goals draw to a close this year, and global attention to the Sustainable Development Goals magnifies, global coordination and governance in health are critical to build political will and attention and to affect change. Recently, IntraHealth International hosted stakeholder conversations on the future direction of the Global Health Workforce Alliance. These conversations emphasized the importance of integrating support for and investment in health workers into the post-2015 agenda and universal health coverage.
About the Frontline Health Workers Coalition: The Frontline Health Workers Coalition is an alliance of 40 United States-based organizations working together to urge greater and more strategic U.S. investment in frontline health workers in developing countries as a cost-effective way to save lives and foster a healthier, safer and more prosperous world.