SHOPS Plus recognizes that both public and private health workers are essential for achieving global health goals. That’s why we tap private sector providers to fill gaps in the health workforce. This World Health Worker Week we highlight the important role private sector providers play in the global health workforce and how SHOPS Plus provides them with the training and support they need to do their jobs effectively.
Investing in the next generation of nurses and midwives in Tanzania
Students studying at private medical training institutes in Tanzania have limited opportunities to obtain practical clinical experience. SHOPS Plus, in partnership with the Association of Private Health Colleges, designed a pilot focused on increasing the practical clinical skills of nursing and midwifery students. Forty students participated in a recent pilot at health facilities in Dar es Salaam where they learned about family planning, integrated HIV care, antenatal care, and primary health care. Read more.
Contracting private providers to participate in mutuelles
SHOPS Plus is piloting a model for public-private partnership designed to increase health coverage as Senegal moves toward universal access to health coverage. The project worked with its Senegalese partners to co-design the pilot, which is testing a new way to establish fair, consistent pricing for health care and increase access to quality care from private providers. The providers contract with mutuelles, community-led health insurance schemes, to provide services. The partners expect that their efforts toward greater collaboration between mutuelles and private providers will contribute to greater financial risk protection of covered citizens and support access to universal health coverage. Read more.
Modeling future HIV healthcare workforce scenarios
Family planning practitioners and decision makers can now model what the future might look like given potential market changes using a new SHOPS Plus tool called the Family Planning Market Analyzer. The innovative, easy-to-use tool combines data from Demographic and Health Surveys and FP2020’s projections of modern contraceptive prevalence to allow users to explore potential scenarios for the future of the healthcare workforce. Explore scenarios using the analyzer.
Going beyond the public sector workforce to meet global HIV goals
A major challenge in the fight against HIV/AIDS is how to support the workforce required to maintain control of the epidemic. National HIV responses in many countries are constrained by human resources for health shortages. To accelerate and increase the provision of quality HIV/AIDS services in these settings, it is important to leverage private health care providers. A SHOPS Plus study of the private health sector highlights opportunities to leverage the private providers to meet 95-95-95 goals set forth by UNAIDS. Watch the series of videos from the study.