Niger Human Resources Improvement Project Nominated for Two Awards at WHO Health Workforce Forum in Bangkok

A Human Resources (HR) Improvement Collaborative in Niger’s Tahoua region and its key implementer, Dr. Saidou M. Ekoye, are finalists for two WHO Global Health Workforce Alliance Awards. Award winners will be announced during the Second Global Forum on Human Resources for Health held in Bangkok, Thailand from January 25-29. The HR improvement collaborative, supported by the USAID Health Care Improvement (HCI) Project, is a finalist for an Award for Excellence. Dr. Ekoye, general secretary at the Niger Ministry of Public Health, is shortlisted for the Special Recognition Award for his leadership in directing the HR improvement work, which will be presented among 36 finalists as a case study poster at the Forum.

Dr. Ekoye and HCI staff Dr. Maina Boucar, Ms. Lauren Crigler, Ms. Allison Wittcoff, and Dr. Tana Wuliji are participating in the Forum to share the approaches applied in Niger and the results.  Since the collaborative began in April 2009, the 15 facility and 11 management improvement teams have achieved significant gains in both health worker performance and clinical care.  Successes include: six of Tahoua’s eight districts have exceeded the national target for institutional delivery, the rate of postpartum hemorrhage has been reduced by half in sites engaged in collaborative improvement,  and adherence to essential newborn care standards has increased from 72% to 98%. Best practices from the HR collaborative are now being adopted in other regions and incorporated in the Ministry of Public Health’s five-year action plan.”

Read more about the Niger HR Collaborative.

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