Established in 1987, Initiatives Inc. is a women-owned small business based in Boston, MA. Initiatives has assisted governments and NGOs in over 30 countries – primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Near East – to strengthen human resources management systems, improve health systems and services quality, and develop the managerial and technical capacity of staffs. With over two decades of innovative health development experience for a variety of international donors, Initiatives has rich expertise in health human resources development, training, capacity building, health systems strengthening, service integration, and quality management.
Initiatives works in the areas of workforce development, human resources for health research, organizational development, quality improvement, training and supervision, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and injection safety. We have projects in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Our current projects include:
- Health Care Improvement Project (HCI)
- Jordan Health Systems Strengthening Project (HSS)
- New Partners Initiative Technical Assistance Project (NuPITA)
- Support for HIV/AIDS Response in Zambia Project (SHARe)
- Guyana Safer Injection Project (GSIP)
- CDC-funded New Partners Initiative Technical Assistance Project (TA-NPI)
Links to the health workforce crisis
Initiatives Inc.'s human resource work spans human resources for health assessment and planning for national governments and NGOs, policy development, research, and HR development, including training and management capacity building. We have conducted national human resources assessments for HIV/AIDS services scale-up in Zambia and Rwanda and provided technical leadership for the development of national HRH plans in Jordan, Ghana and Zimbabwe. We currently provide leadership for the workforce development component of the USAID-funded Health Care Improvement (HCI) project through which we are working to strengthen health worker engagement, productivity and performance through an human resources management collaborative approach in public health facilities in Niger, Uganda and Tanzania.
Under HCI, Initiatives is also working to develop tools for assessing and strengthening community health worker management and program functionality. In Jordan, Initiatives works with the Ministry of Health to strengthen human resources management, teamwork and performance. We also provide NGO support for developing human resource management systems including: personnel policy development, workforce planning, recruitment and retention, supportive supervision, training, staff orientation and team building for organizations in Haiti, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Mozambique, Ethiopia, South Africa, the US and Europe.