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Option B+ Nursing - ICAP e-Learning

ICAP at Columbia University, 2018

Option B+ is an approach to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and maintain the health of the mother. It entails initiation of lifelong ART for pregnant and breastfeeding women infected with HIV.  If realized and performed effectively, this approach will advance the goal of an AIDS-free generation. Nurses and midwives are of critical importance to the scale-up of Option B+. This online training for Option B+ is designed for self-directed learning by nursing students or practicing professionals but is open to anyone. You can go through each module at your own pace. 

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Computer and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy for Nursing and Midwifery Training Schools

ICAP at Columbia University, 2018

This policy was developed by the Resilient and Responsive Health Systems (RRHS) Project -- supporting nursing and midwifery education and practice in Sierra Leone. The primary purpose of internet availability at the school is to provide access to information and related activities that will enhance and support the educational, instructional, and research activities for students, faculty, and staff. This policy document governs all internet and computer activities for users (students and school staff).

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RRHO Best Practices Guidance: Strategic Information

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 strategic information including monitoring & evaluation, quality management, information systems, and knowledge management.

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RRHO Best Practices Guidance: Administration, HR & Financial 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 administration (procurement and fixed asset control), human resources (personnel policies and staffing levels & retention), and financial management (financial policies & procedures, accounting system, budgeting, and audits).

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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.

DHIS2 to Strengthen Health Systems

Using DHIS 2 to Strengthen Health Systems

MEASURE Evaluation, 2017

DHIS 2 is a software platform that the University of Oslo developed in 2006 to manage health information systems (HIS). The first implementation was in India in 2006 and the first national rollout was in Kenya in 2010. Since then, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) worldwide have adopted the software. DHIS 2 is flexible, adaptable, and extendable through web application program interfaces (APIs), which are useful for building software applications (apps). It can be customized to suit many purposes for health information management and for nonhealth sectors, too. An optimally functioning DHIS 2 can host a myriad of health data from many sources and can be used to produce information products that facilitate data use. Deployed within a supportive and organized health information system (HIS), it can result in improved health for people. It is a powerful tool, but its effectiveness depends on many factors indicative of strong HIS: leadership and good management, governance of policies and procedures, and the skills of the people who work with the DHIS 2 tool.

Feasibility of Integrating Social Service and Community Health Data in DHIS 2

Feasibility of Integrating Social Service and Community Health Data in DHIS 2

MEASURE Evaluation, 2017

Governments require information about the health and social service needs of their populations to enable effective policymaking and resource allocation. Most governments have health information systems to track critical health indicators, and these data are often captured in the district health information system software known as DHIS 2. However, these systems are not often linked to the data systems used by social and community services, where people often access care. As a result, the systems are fragmented and unable to provide holistic information for decision making on health and social services. Could DHIS 2 offer the answer? This document presents learning from a literature review and key informant interviews about using DHIS 2 as a platform for managing nonhealth social service and community health data, experiences integrating these data streams in the DHIS 1 and 2 platforms, recommendations for implementation, and whether the systems should be integrated or merely made interoperable. It presents a list of prerequisites for an integrated community healthy and social service data system to collect reliable data for decision making.