Strengthening Human Resources for Health (HRH)
Date of Operation: 2012 - 2017
Primary Implementing Partner: Jhpiego
Other Implementing Partners: Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Ethiopia Midwives Association (EMA), Ethiopia Association of Anesthetists (EAA) and Open University
Regions of Operation: Nationwide
- Address key health human resource shortages to achieve maternal, neonatal and child health goals, specifically reduce infectious diseases such as malaria, TB, HIV/AIDs and child and maternal deaths.
- Improve health management, regulatory and governance systems including retention, recruitment and deployment
- Expand availability of midwives, anesthetists, health extension workers
- Strengthen educational institutions and faculty and quality of health worker training
Ethiopia has a severe shortage of qualified health care and management professionals and greatly underserved areas of the country (physician to population ratio is 1 to 42,000). HRH will increase the availability and numbers of skilled and motivated staff that are committed to working and staying in a well-managed health sector. To fill critical shortages in the health workforce, HRH will work with universities, regional health science colleges, and vocational schools and regional health bureaus to increase the availability of midwives, anesthetists, health extension workers and other essential health workers and also improve the quality of training of health workers. HRH plans to train more than 5,500 midwives, 2,000 anesthetists, and 8,000 health extension workers. Current health workers will be upgraded through in service training and new postgraduate programs human resource management will be established.
- Improve supply and quality of midwives using a systems approach
- Increase pre-service education and deployment of midwives, emergency surgical officers and nurse-anesthetists and train replacement health extension workers
- Support capacity building for training of other cadres essential for improving emergency maternal and neonatal services, including health officers and doctors trained in emergency obstetric care