Seven Creative Approaches to Health Workforce Challenges

By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalSeptember 13, 2019Over the course of our 40-year history, IntraHealth International has consistently designed creative solutions to health workforce challenges. From new technologies to old-fashioned human storytelling, we find new solutions to longstanding problems.  In a new technical publication, we highlight seven examples of how and why we look for new ways to get results. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s inside The Future of Global Health Starts Here: 7 Creative Approaches to Health Workforce Challenges. Funding the Next Generation of Health Workers in Kenya The low-interest student loan program Afya Elimu is a public-private partnership that serves future nurses, clinical officers, medical laboratory technicians, pharmaceutical technologists, nutritionists, health record information officers, and public health officers—cadres that form the bulk of the health workforce in Kenya and are critical to achieving universal health coverage.  Communicating with Health Workers on the Front Lines of Pandemics In 2014, during the world’s largest-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, IntraHealth and UNICEF used existing iHRIS software to create mHero—a platform for health workers and health officials to stay connected via SMS messaging during the pandemic. Building a Culture of Qual...
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Discussion We applied simple phenomenological models applied to surveillance data of Zika cases from Antioquia, Colombia, to forecast the size of the Zika epidemic and evaluate the reproduction number within the first two disease generations. Using the GRM model that incorporates the possibility of sub-exponential growth dynamics22, we were able to generate reasonable forecasts of epidemic size within 22% of observed values based on 30 days of epidemic data. By contrast, the logistic growth model consistently underestimated the epidemic size and was not able to capture the early growth phase of the Zika epidemic, which exh...
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Conclusions Our findings reveal significant variation in epidemic growth patterns across different infectious disease outbreaks and highlights that sub-exponential growth is a common phenomenon, especially for pathogens that are not airborne. Sub-exponential growth profiles may result from heterogeneity in contact structures or risk groups, reactive behavior changes, or the early onset of interventions strategies, and consideration of “deceleration parameters” may be useful to refine existing mathematical transmission models and improve disease forecasts.
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