The Capacity Module Application: Estimating the Human Resources to Scale Up ART in Uganda
Full Document (pdf 441.6 kb)
In February 2010, the findings of the Capacity Module were shared with ministers of health in the ECSA region in Kampala, Uganda. The purpose of the presentation was to demonstrate the value of considering human resource requirements at the time of developing national strategic targets for HIV/AIDS. Human resource needs are usually not considered while developing strategic plans but can become the stumbling block to plans for rapid scale-up of prevention and treatment. In the short term, this information about human resources and costs can help planners in Uganda to identify alternative staffing structures, shift non-specialized tasks to other personnel when there are limited specialized staff, and identify other underutilized qualified personnel. In addition, this type of information can help to improve performance in terms of time allocation for ART.
The USAID | Health Policy Initiative, Task Order 1, the East Central and South African (ECSA) Health Community (ECSA-HC), and the ECSA College of Nursing (ECSACON) collaborated on a case study to assess the policy and programmatic implications of task shifting in Uganda. The team conducted in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with various stakeholders, including policymakers, healthcare managers, frontline health workers, and health students in training. In addition, the team applied the Capacity Module to estimate human resource needs to meet national targets for an entire package of HIV treatment and care services.
|Document Type:||Policy Briefs|
|No. of Pages:||8|
|Keywords:||Care and Support, HIV/AIDS, Prevention|