Health Officials Tap into Powerful Data to Expand HIV Services in Namibia

November 30, 2017Health officials in Namibia are using data from the first-ever nationalWorkforce Indicators of Staffing Needs (WISN) assessment to expand access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), update national health policies, and inform their budgets as they shape the future of Namibia ’s health workforce.The WISN method, developed by the World Health Organization, assesses workload pressure on health workers —including what kinds of tasks they perform, how long those tasks take, how many times they must perform them throughout the day, and more. Based on those workloads, WISN helps calculate exactly how many health workers of a particular cadre are required in a given health facility.The data revealed severe staff shortages.Namibia ’s Ministry of Health and Social Services teamed up withIntraHealth International to undertake the assessment on a national scale —including every public health facility—in 2013. Thedata revealed severe staff shortages, particularly of doctors and pharmacists, and a tendency for nurses to be clustered in hospitals, leaving smaller health centers with too few nurses.Early in the analysis, it became clear that requiring clients to see a physician for all ART services was creating a major bottleneck that delayed services for many Namibians living with HIV. The number of staff required for these services was generally about a 50/50 distribution of doctors and nurses.So after analyzing the data and working with IntraHeal...
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