Resource Library

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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.

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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.

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Facility Management Committee Operational Guidelines

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. 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 FMC Operational Guidelines define stakeholder roles and responsibilities in promoting FMC functionality and sustainability, and recommend implementation approaches and tools. The intended users of the guidelines are district health management teams (DHMTs) and implementing partners.

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Community Health Systems Catalog Country Profile: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Advancing Partners & Communities, 2017

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) country profile provides an overview of the community health system in the DRC according to the most up-to-date policies available. It particularly focuses on the country’s community health providers, the structures that support them, and the services they deliver across many health areas – with a spotlight on family planning.

The profile is targeted towards policymakers, program implementers, donors, researchers, and others interested in the country’s community health system.

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Community Health Systems Catalog Country Profile: Sierra Leone

Advancing Partners & Communities, 2017

This Community Health Systems (CHS) Catalog Sierra Leone country profile is the update of a landscape assessment that was originally conducted by the Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project. The purpose of the CHS Catalog is to provide the most up-to-date information available on community health systems based on existing policies and related documentation. 

The CHS Catalog provides information on 136 interventions delivered at the community level for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health; nutrition; selected infectious diseases; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

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National Standard Therapeutic Guidelines and Essential Medicines List

Ministry of Health Liberia, 2017

This policy document is designed to provide current and up-to-date, practical, and reader-friendly information for both upper and lower levels of the current three tiers of the healthcare delivery system of Liberia (i.e., clinics, health centers, and hospital) with its primary focus on the treatment of common diseases presenting within the territorial confines of Liberia. The guidelines are purposely designed to establish and maintain a strong foundation for the rational use of medicines and other health commodities that are appropriate for the smooth running of a holistic healthcare delivery system.

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Frequently asked questions on Ebola virus disease

World Health Organization, 2017

Frequently asked questions on Ebola virus disease:

  • What is Ebola virus disease?
  • How do people become infected with the Ebola virus?
  • Who is most at risk?
  • Why are mourners at burial ceremonies considered at risk of contracting Ebola?
  • Why are health care workers at greater risk of catching Ebola?
  • Can Ebola be transmitted sexually?
  • What are the typical signs and symptoms of Ebola virus infection?
  • How long does it take for people to develop symptoms after being infected?
  • When should someone seek medical care?
  • Is there any treatment for Ebola?
  • Can people with Ebola be cared for at home?
  • Can Ebola be prevented?
  • Is there an Ebola vaccine?