HEALTH WORKFORCE

Health Workforce
The Issue
A skilled workforce is the backbone of every health system, yet the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there is a shortage of 17 million health workers globally. The gap is most acute in Africa, which bears 24 percent of the global burden of disease, yet accounts for only four percent of the world’s health workforce. In Africa and Southeast Asia, the shortage is only expected to worsen over the next 10 years. CHAI believes that persistent shortages are due to two major barriers: universities and schools in many low-income countries have neither the capacity nor effective plans to train the number of workers needed; and governments in many of these countries cannot afford to pay their salaries.
CHAI's Approach
CHAI works with several governments to identify their health workforce needs and to then increase the capacity of educational institutions to train the right kind of workers to meet those needs – from midwives and nurses to health managers, doctors, and medical specialists. We help establish international academic partnerships to supply the specialized educators required to immediately train new generations of qualified local health instructors who can sustain programs into the future. At the same time, we increasingly work with governments to improve spending efficiencies so the expanding workforce can be absorbed into the health system and existing funding can be best utilized. We also work with governments to improve overall management of the workforce through targeted analyses and systems improvements to strengthen strategic planning, health worker retention, deployment, in-service training, and other key functions.
Results
4,100
community health assistants trained and deployed across Liberia
+1,180
scholarships earned by nursing and midwifery students across nine colleges in Malawi
Our Work

May 12, 2022

Investing in nurses and midwives to achieve universal health coverage in Zambia and Malawi

To commemorate International Nursing Day 2022, we highlight progress to develop the health workforce in Malawi and Zambia. We also share the experiences of nurses in both countries.

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May 5, 2022

How trained midwives are saving lives in rural Zambia

During this International Day of the Midwife, we celebrate all those working to save the lives of women and babies by supporting safer pregnancies and deliveries— workers such as Paul Bwalya, a midwife and trained mentor working in Zambia’s Northern Province. Paul is a nurse/midwife practitioner, nurse manager, and lead clinical mentor in Kasama, the...

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May 3, 2022

New publication describes evidence-based strategic planning for the health workforce in Malawi

Using modeling and analyses using to inform targeted investments in human resources for health. A strong and well-distributed health workforce is essential to providing quality health services. However, too often, the health workforce is often insufficient to meet the need, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Human resource costs often represent a large portion of...

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April 4, 2022

World Health Worker Week: Building the health workforce back better

In commemoration of World Health Worker Week 2022, we highlight our work in Zambia to support the training, deployment of and optimization of the available workforce to ensure optimum health outcomes for all patients.

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May 12, 2022

Investing in nurses and midwives to achieve universal health coverage in Zambia and Malawi

To commemorate International Nursing Day 2022, we highlight progress to develop the health workforce in Malawi and Zambia. We also share the experiences of nurses in both countries.

Read More

May 5, 2022

How trained midwives are saving lives in rural Zambia

During this International Day of the Midwife, we celebrate all those working to save the lives of women and babies by supporting safer pregnancies and deliveries— workers such as Paul Bwalya, a midwife and trained mentor working in Zambia’s Northern Province. Paul is a nurse/midwife practitioner, nurse manager, and lead clinical mentor in Kasama, the...

Read More

May 3, 2022

New publication describes evidence-based strategic planning for the health workforce in Malawi

Using modeling and analyses using to inform targeted investments in human resources for health. A strong and well-distributed health workforce is essential to providing quality health services. However, too often, the health workforce is often insufficient to meet the need, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Human resource costs often represent a large portion of...

Read More

April 4, 2022

World Health Worker Week: Building the health workforce back better

In commemoration of World Health Worker Week 2022, we highlight our work in Zambia to support the training, deployment of and optimization of the available workforce to ensure optimum health outcomes for all patients.

Read More

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CHAI is looking for dynamic and self-motivated individuals who are committed to strengthening health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.

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Join Our Team

CHAI is looking for dynamic and self-motivated individuals who are committed to strengthening health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.

View All CHAI Positions View Program Positions