World Health Worker Week: Supporting health workers across the globe

SHOPS Plus recognizes that both public and private health workers are essential for achieving global health goals. 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.

A student receiving training at a health facility
A student is trained on practical nursing skills at a health facility in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. | Credit: Sama Jahapour

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, which is essential to the provision of quality care. Working with the ministry of health, SHOPS Plus and the Association of Private Health Colleges designed a pilot focused on increasing the practical clinical skills of nursing and midwifery students. Medical practitioners at private health facilities in Dar es Salaam guided fifty students through specific aspects of patient care related to family planning, integrated HIV care, antenatal care, and primary health care. The ministry has committed to using this practical training methodology with all future cohorts of nursing and midwifery students.   Read more.

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The Family Planning Market Analyzer allows users to model potential healthcare workforce scenarios. 

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. 

Mpumi Moremi takes care of a patient at the Kanyamanzane Clinic.
Mpumi Moremi takes care of a patient at the Kanyamanzane Clinic in South Africa. The clinic is part of a network that has demonstrated that private providers can be leveraged to deliver services across the HIV clinical cascade. | Credit: Capital Land Projects

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. Engaging with private providers is key to increasing the provision of quality HIV/AIDS services in these settings. A SHOPS Plus study of the private health sector highlights opportunities to use private providers to meet 95-95-95 goals set forth by UNAIDS. Watch the series of videos from the study. 

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