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Adelani Temiloluwa
School Of Nursing Ondo
Nursing Student
300Level, Nigeria.


Join CapacityPlus and SHOPS for a webinar on innovative investment options for health workforce education and training.

The world needs seven million additional health workers to meet the goal of high-quality health care for all. A competent workforce with the right skills mix is vital for meeting the demand for family planning, achieving an AIDS-free generation, and ending preventable child and maternal deaths. However, the current resources available to finance health worker education are woefully inadequate, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

Rebecca Bailey, CapacityPlus team lead for health workforce development, will offer an overview of the main financing sources for education and introduce some innovative approaches for diversifying revenue sources with a focus on the private sector.

Sarah Dominis, SHOPS human resources for health specialist, will highlight the importance of engaging the private sector in addressing human resources for health challenges. Sarah will share experiences and lessons learned in private sector financing of health workforce education and the feasibility of student loans in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia.

Heather Ross, CapacityPlus technical advisor for health workforce development, will describe the Bottlenecks and Best Buys approach, designed to identify obstacles to increasing the production of competent and qualified health workers that can be overcome through limited yet strategic investments (best buys). Heather will present the case of Nigeria, where bottlenecks assessments found several factors that limit students’ ability to succeed in school, leading to high dropout rates—and wasted investment in education. She will then explain how a strategic program of investments in students, tutors, and learning materials and equipment led to increased graduation rates and higher pass rates on certifying exams.

Key resources:

Innovative Financing Options for the Preservice Education of Health Professionals (www.capacityplus.org/innovative-financing-options-preservice-education

Scaling Up Health Workforce Education and Training: Guide for Applying the Bottlenecks and Best Buys Approach (www.capacityplus.org/guide-for-applying-the-bottlenecks-and-best-buys-approach

Financing Preservice Medical Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (www.shopsproject.org/about/announcements/financing-pre-service-medical-education-in-sub-saharan-africa


CapacityPlus is USAID’s flagship global project aimed at strengthening the human resources for health needed for high-quality health services in low- and middle-income countries. The project supports country-led efforts to address workforce gaps in areas such as education and training, retention and productivity, human resources management and leadership, and health workforce information systems for informed decision-making. CapacityPlus targets multiple priority health areas, including family planning and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and maternal, newborn, and child health. IntraHealth International leads CapacityPlus with partners Abt Associates, IMA World Health, LSTM Consulting, and Training Resources Group.

The Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project is USAID’s flagship initiative in private sector health. It works to involve nongovernmental organizations and for-profit entities in addressing the many health needs of people in developing countries. SHOPS focuses on increasing availability, improving quality, and expanding coverage of essential health products and services in family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS, and other health areas through the private sector. Abt Associates leads the

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