MSH Publishes Evaluation of Malawi Human Resource Program
Management Sciences for Health is pleased to announce publication of the "Evaluation of Malawi's Emergency Human Resource Programme." The report documents the results of six years of efforts by the Government of Malawi and its partners, Britain's Department for International Development (DFID), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, to overcome its human resources in health crisis.
The Emergency Human Resource Programme (EHRP) was launched in 2004 to address this crisis, largely caused by an acute shortage of professional workers in the public health sector. In August 2009, MSH, along with Management Solutions Consulting (MSC), was contracted by the Government of Malawi, with technical and financial assistance from DFID, to undertake an independent evaluation of the six-year program.
Commenting on the EHRP final evaluation report, Dr. Manuel M. Dayrit, Director of the Department of Human Resources for Health at the World Health Organization noted, "It is a comprehensive and uplifting report which highlights what can be done in an extremely desperate situation. It provides an example to other countries in similar circumstances that with political leadership, financial help from its partners... and effective management at all levels, a country can raise itself against the HRH crisis."
Mary O'Neil, leader of the evaluation team and MSH's Principal Program Associate, Human Resources for Health, noted that, "Our analysis showed that with five years of direct investment, Malawi was able to significantly increase the number of health workers and the health worker population density. More importantly, these gains in health worker density produced results at the health services level, for example, increasing out-patient services by 49 percent."