Online discussion on Mid-Level Health Workers - 4-18 May 2010
Third topic of the Alliance Community of Practice the HRH Exchange
The third topic of discussion focuses on Mid-Level Health Workers. It takes place from 4-18 May 2010 through the IBP Knowledge Gateway within the community "HRH Exchange". The discussions are being moderated by the Alliance and supported by expert advisors, a group of individuals involved in public health, funded projects and academia.
Questions for discussion are:
- Who are mid-level workers? What is their role in broader HRH and health sector strategies?
- Can mid-level workers improve distribution of the health workforce and access to services? If so, are there trade-offs with the quality of care provided?
- What are the most appropriate education and management strategies for mid-level health workers?
- What accreditation and regulation issues need to be considered? What are the health policy and system factors that enable a successful use of mid-level providers?
The objectives of the discussion are:
- to share evidence and good practice examples relative to mid-level health workers
- to address policy and programmatic questions of relevance to the topic, and
- to synthesize existing evidence and provide policy-relevant reflections on the mid-level health workers discourse through the production of appropriate knowledge products
day 1: nomenclature and definition
day 2: country experiences and perceptions
day 3: rationale for MLP introduction and relevance to HRH and other health sector strategies
day 4: potential to improve distribution of health workers and access to care
day 5: quality of care with mid-level providers
day 6: entry requirements and duration MLP education
day 7: training contents and approaches
day 8: management of MLP
day 9: regulation and accreditation MLP