Resource Library

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RRHO Best Practices Guidance: Governance, Leadership & Strategic Management

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., 2018

This briefer was developed by the Resilient & Responsive Health Organizations (RRHO) project to provide guidance to organizations on best practices in governance (board composition & oversight and mission), leadership (organizational structure, decision-making, internal communication, succession planning, and resilience & sustainability), and strategic management (strategic planning, operational planning, resource mobilization, and external communication strategy).

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Global Health eLearning Center

Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, 2018

The Global Health eLearning Center offers courses aimed at increasing knowledge in a variety of global health technical areas. Courses are also organized into Certificate Programs to help you focus your learning with a more comprehensive study of key topics of global health. You can earn a certificate in a variety of global health areas by successfully completing all courses within a program area.

Certificates include: Child Survival, Family Planning Methods, Governance and Health, HIV, Infectious Diseases, Maternal Health, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Neonatal Health, and Organizational Change and Knowledge Management. 

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Making the Most of the Health Workforce

Health Finance and Governance (HFG) Project, 2018

Achieving country commitments to universal health coverage requires maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of the health workforce. The Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project supported country governments to optimize the quality and efficiency of the health labor market through policy development and implementation in health workforce production, regulation of the private sector, and initiatives to address maldistribution and inefficiencies. Over the course of the project, HFG engaged with countries on common challenges regarding human resources for health (HRH) – vacancies, ghost workers, incomplete HRH data, and health workers ill-prepared to meet population health needs, among others. Careful stakeholder engagement, incorporation of governance capacity building into HRH technical assistance, and thoughtful selection of interventions that could serve as levers for broader reforms contributed to the successful outcomes achieved with HFG’s support.

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Building Institutional Capacity for Stronger Health Systems

Health Finance and Governance (HFG) Project, 2018

Without strong national institutions, health systems strengthening is likely to fail. While institutional capacity development is integral to strengthening health systems and transitioning to self-reliance, it can be difficult to deliver effectively. The experience of the Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project suggests that the key to success is focused, intentional, and tailored institutional capacity-development strategies that align institutional ambitions with the resources and time available, and with the demands of the client organization.

Quantification of health commodities

Quantification of Health Commodities

John Snow, Inc. (JSI), 2017

This updated guide to quantification of health commodities will assist technical advisors, program managers, warehouse managers, procurement officers, and service providers in estimating the total commodity needs and costs to support successful implementation of national health program strategies and goals, identifying the funding needs and gaps for procuring the required commodities, and, planning procurements and shipment delivery schedules to ensure a sustained and effective supply of health commodities. The step-by-step approach to quantification presented in this guide is complemented by a number of product-specific companion pieces that include detailed instructions for forecasting consumption of antiretroviral drugs, contraceptives, community case management products, HIV test kits, antimalarial drugs and rapid diagnostic tests, underused RMNCH commodities, and laboratory supplies.

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AIDSFree HIV Guidance Database

AIDSFree, 2017

The AIDSFree Guidance Database brings together national HIV testing and treatment guidance and HIV/TB co-infection treatment guidance from many priority countries around the world. Use this interactive database to prepare guideline revisions for a specific country, conduct research and product development, prepare training materials for health care personnel, write proposals and grants, or learn about guidelines from other countries.

Health Systems Approach

Health Systems Assessment Approach

Health, Finance & Governance Project, 2017

The Health Systems Assessment (HSA) approach is a structured, indicator-based methodology for comprehensive assessment of a country’s health system. The HSA approach synthesizes information—from document reviews, incountry stakeholder interviews, and site visits—to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) of a wide range of health system components and transform the findings into specific recommendations and strategies across the health system functions: Service Delivery; Human Resources for Health; Medical Products, Vaccines, and Technologies; Health Information Systems (HIS); Health Finance; and Governance. In addition, the manual itself may serve as an educational and reference tool for health systems issues and HSS.

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Counselling Cards: Hygiene Practices

SPRING & Government of Sierra Leone, 2017

These counselling cards address key complementary feeding and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) behaviors for the Sierra Leonean context. In May-June 2016, SPRING used Trials of Improved Practices (TIPs), a qualitative research methodology, to allow household members in the Tonkolili District of Sierra Leone to select improved WASH and nutrition behaviors to try using in their households. These counselling cards are a direct output of this methodology, incorporating the most acceptable behaviors surrounding key messages on priority topics related to complementary feeding and WASH.

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National Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Policy

Ministry of Health and Sanitation Sierra Leone, 2017

This policy guidance promotes the healthy development and wellbeing, and acceleration of the reduction of preventable deaths of women, newborns, children, and adolescents in Sierra Leone.

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Facility Management Committee Training Manual and Tools

Ministry of Health Sierra Leone, 2017

Community engagement is a key to optimizing Sierra Leone’s transition from emergency response to recovery, and is an essential component for sustainability. Since 2011, the aim of facility management committees (FMCs) has been to support community engagement in health by improving the quality and community acceptability of services.

The purpose of this training manual and the tools is to guide the community engagement process for improving community ownership of peripheral health unit (PHU) quality and catchment area health outcomes in support of MOHS goals. The training manual and tools are built upon the experiences of existing stakeholders and community structures in the health sector, as well as its implementing partner (IP) experiences investing in FMC strengthening and community engagement in health. The intended users are the DHMT and IPs. However, the FMC training manual and tools, with support from the DHMT or other “champion” FMCs, may be used by catchment communities themselves.