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Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services

World Health Organization, 2017

This guideline provides global, evidence-informed recommendations on protection, promotion and support of optimal breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services, as a public health intervention. The document presents the key recommendations, a summary of the supporting evidence and a description of the considerations that contributed to the deliberations and consensus decision-making.

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Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A guide for midwives and doctors

World Health Organization, 2017

While most pregnancies and births are uneventful, all pregnancies are at risk. Around 15% of all pregnant women will develop a potentially life-threatening complication that calls for skilled care, and some will require a major obstetrical intervention to survive.

This manual is written for midwives and doctors at the district hospital who are responsible for the care of women with complications of pregnancy, childbirth, or the immediate postpartum period, including immediate problems of the newborn.

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WHO Recommendations on Child Health

World Health Organization, 2017

This publication on WHO recommendations related to child health is one of four in a series; the others relate to newborn, maternal and adolescent health. The objective of this document is to make available WHO recommendations on child health in one easy-to-access document for WHO staff, policy-makers, programme managers, and health professionals. The compilation can also help better define gaps to prioritize guideline updates.

This document is meant to respond to the questions:

(1) What health interventions should the child receive and when should s/he receive it?

(2) What health behaviors should a mother/caregiver practice (or not practice)?

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WHO Recommendations on Newborn Health

World Health Organization, 2017

This publication on WHO recommendations related to newborn health is one of four in a series; the others relate to maternal, child and adolescent health. The objective of this document is to make available WHO recommendations on newborn health in one easy-to-access document for WHO staff, policy-makers, programme managers, and health professionals. The compilation can also help better define gaps to prioritize guideline updates.

This document is meant to respond to the questions:

(1) What health interventions should be the newborn and young infants < 2 months of age receive and when should s/he receive?

(2) What health behaviors should a mother/caregiver practice (or not practice)?

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WHO Recommendations on Maternal Health Guidelines

World Health Organization, 2017

This publication on WHO recommendations related to maternal health is one of four in a series; the others relate to newborn, child and adolescent health. The objective of this document is to make available WHO recommendations on maternal health in one easy-to-access document for WHO staff, policy-makers, programme managers, and health professionals. The compilation can also help better define gaps to prioritize guideline updates. 

This document is meant to respond to the questions:

(1) What health interventions should be delivered during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period?

(2) What health behaviors should the women practice (or not practice) during these periods to care for herself and her baby?

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Sierra Leone Human Resources for Health Strategy

Ministry of Health and Sanitation Sierra Leone, 2017

The Sierra Leone Human Resources for Health (HRH) Strategy 2017-2021 provides a roadmap through which the health workforce in Sierra Leone’s health sector will be further strengthened. The plan addresses the most critical human resource for health challenges, across multiple intervention areas including training, regulation, financing, and management.

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Sierra Leone Human Resources for Health Policy 2017-2021

Ministry of Health and Sanitation Sierra Leone, 2017

This Human Resources for Health (HRH) Policy provides a clear vision for the health workforce for 2017-2021. Its principles, values, goals, and objectives are geared towards strengthening the health workforce to provide high-quality, equitable, and accessible health services to all Sierra Leoneans. The corresponding HRH Strategy was developed in tandem to guide the implementation of this policy, to ensure that its objectives are achieved through feasible and cost-effective interventions.

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Health Systems Global

Health Systems Global, 2017

Health Systems Global (HSG) convenes researchers, policy-makers, and implementers from around the world to develop the field of health systems research and unleash their collective capacity to create, share, and apply knowledge to strengthen health systems. 

HSG is the first international membership organization fully dedicated to promoting health systems research and knowledge translation.

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Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Assessment Toolkit

MEASURE Evaluation, 2017

The Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Assessment Toolkit (MECAT) is a set of tools that guide organizations through a process to assess their current M&E capacity, identify gaps, and plan ways to strengthen their M&E systems.

MECAT uses four methods and supporting tools in the assessment process: (1) a group assessment, (2) an individual assessment, (3) key informant interviews, and (4) a desk review. With this approach, organizations, national health programs, and subnational health teams can accurately assess program strengths and weaknesses and plan the steps needed to strengthen the M&E functions.

Français: Trousse à outils de suivi et d’évaluation pour un bilan de capacités (MECAT)

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Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool: Participant’s Copy — For RRHO-supported Impact Partners

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., 2017

The purpose of the OCA tool is to assist institutions in assessing the critical elements for effective organizational management, and identifying those areas that need strengthening or further development. As a facilitated self-assessment tool it is designed to enable institutions to identify gaps, articulate capacity needs, and develop an improvement plan. It provides the leadership and staff with objective criteria against which to measure their own performance.

This version of the OCA tool assesses organizational capacity in three main domains, each with several sub-domains: (1) Governance, Leadership, and Strategic Management; (2) Administration, Human Resources, and Financial Management; and (3) Strategic Information.