IMA sponsored a dinner meeting for the ACHAP Human Resources for Health Technical Working Group (HRH TWG) on February 24, 2015 in Nairobi during the 7th ACHAP Biennial Conference, providing a good opportunity for the TWG to reflect on its activities over the last two years.
The ACHAP HRH TWG serves as a technical reference group on HRH issues identified as key and common among Christian Health Associations in Africa. The TWG was set up in 2007 and was supported by IMA World Health and the USAID-funded CapacityPlus project until June 2014. IMA continues to provide support.
During the meeting, members received updates on the CapacityPlus-sponsored FBO study on HR management policies conducted through the Christian Health Association of Kenya and were encouraged to learn from the findings, such as the increased recognition of HR management functions and departments.
The group also heard a presentation from the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) on its ongoing progress in applying the CapacityPlus productivity toolkit, as well as presentations on other great initiatives this enthusiastic team of FBO HRH leaders in Africa had been implementing.
The discussions showed how the TWG has made important strides, such as the development and publication of key HRH messages targeted at FBO leaders, Skype calls on thematic areas, and exchange visits to benchmark and learn how to replicate best practices, among others. The meeting participants discussed the need for further deliberation on how the TWG can continue to grow and reflect the entire ACHAP network.
Following the meeting, the HRH TWG reported having renewed energy to take ownership of ACHAP’s 7th Biennial Conference commitment statement for universal health coverage: “Address HRH issues and challenges taking into consideration appropriate incentive schemes.”