Ethiopia - Strengthening Human Resources for Health-USAID HRH project
The Strengthening Human Resources for Health (HRH) project, is a five year (2012 – 2017) bilateral cooperative agreement with the overall goal of improving the human resources for health status in Ethiopia. The project will support the Government of Ethiopia by building local capacity for development of comprehensive and sustainable human resources for health systems through improving HRH management, increasing availability of competent health workers for which there is critical shortage, improving quality of training of health workers and generating evidence on human resources for health education and management. This effort includes activities such as establishment of Health Science Education Development Centers (HSEDC) in Health Science Colleges (HSC) and universities, and supporting these centers via subgranting mechanisms to conduct relevant training for faculty, strengthen curricula, etc., with a particular focus on Midwifery, Anesthesia, Health Extension Workers and other essential health workers. In addition, the project has a significant component focusing on research in various such as retention and motivation of health workers and graduating student competencies.
Global Health Mentor: Tracey Shissler, Jhpiego
For my practicum, I contributed technical and administrative assistance towards the operations of the Jhpiego Ethiopia country office. Specifically, I was responsible for assisting the Strengthening Human Resources for Health Program in Ethiopia, a five year USAID-funded project. The overall project seeks to build local capacity for the development of sustained systems for managing human resources for health, improve and monitor the quality of education, deployment, retention, and continuing professional development of health care providers and generate evidence to inform HRH policies and practices. To this end, the four intended result areas are:
Result 1: Improved Human Resources for Health Management
Result 2: Increased Availability of Midwives, anesthetists, HEWs and other Essential Health Workers
Result 3: Improved Quality of Training of Health Workers
Result 4: Monitoring & Evaluation, Program Learning and Research
My main activities during the duration of the internship were: (a) participating in operational activity (b) supporting technical report development of a task analysis study (c) participating in monitoring and evaluation activity and (d) developing workshop materials for neonatal nursing curriculum.
The most rewarding moments of my experience abroad occurred through the robust conversations I had with people while there. It is always refreshing to garner different perspectives and ideas on a myriad of topics. My trip was immensely benefited by the support of the other JHSPH student interns travelling and interning during the same time period. We were able to experience many of the highs and lows of living abroad together.