CapacityPlus is the USAID-funded global project uniquely focused on the health workforce needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Placing health workers at the center of every effort, CapacityPlus helps partner countries achieve significant progress in addressing the health worker crisis while also having global impact through alliances with multilateral organizations. The project builds on the accomplishments of the Capacity Project, which worked in 47 countries. Project partners include IntraHealth International, Inc. (lead partner), Abt Associates, IMA World Health, Liverpool Associates in Tropical Health (LATH), and Training Resources Group, Inc. (TRG). Associate partners are African Population & Health Research Center (APHRC), Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH), West African Institute of Post-Graduate Management Studies (CESAG), and Partners in Population and Development (PPD).
Activities fall into five major categories: fostering global leadership to address the human resources for health (HRH) crisis; enhancing HRH policy and planning, including strengthening HR management and information systems; improving HRH workforce development, including preservice, in-service, and continuing professional development systems; strengthening HRH performance support systems to improve health worker retention and productivity; and generating and disseminating knowledge to promote use of evidence-based HRH approaches.
Links to the health workforce crisis
CapacityPlus serves partner countries and multilaterals by offering state-of-the-art expertise, models, tools, training, and analyses adapted to each context. These services help countries move closer to having the right health worker in the right place with the right skills and support. The project works with public, nonprofit, faith-based, and for-profit organizations contributing to better human resources for health. Through service and partnership, CapacityPlus accelerates progress toward national goals for improving maternal and child health, increasing access to family planning and reproductive health services, heightening access to HIV/AIDS services, and reducing the toll of malaria, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases.