Keeping Up to Date: Continuing Professional Development for Health Workers in Developing Countries

CapacityPlus Technical Brief #6

Kamlesh Giri, Nina Frankel, Kate Tulenko, Amanda Puckett, Rebecca Bailey, and Heather Ross, IntraHealth International

Publication details

Publication date: September 2012


In order for health workers to provide quality care and meet their communities’ changing health care needs, they must become lifelong learners dedicated to updating their professional knowledge, skills, values, and practice. Continuing professional development (CPD) encompasses all of the activities that health workers undertake¬both formal and informal¬to maintain, update, develop, and enhance their professional skills, knowledge, and attitudes.

This technical brief summarizes the literature concerning current best practices and innovative ideas in continuing professional development (CPD). It is targeted toward people who run or advise CPD programs.