Capacity Building Project
There is a significant human resources deficit in the healthcare sector in low-income nations. In Africa alone, the deficit is estimated to be over 4 million workers. Part of this problem is Africa’s lack of qualified trainers and relevant curricula. The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), in collaboration with other partners, are exceptionally positioned to address this global health challenge by creating an online platform that lists training needs and curricula deficits from institutions in resource limited settings (RLS).
Statement of Purpose: The Capacity Building Project helps to identify and aggregate training needs and best practices from institutions in RLS and share this information among benefiting institutions..
Activities Summary: The Capacity Building Project
- Invites institutions in RLS to identify their priority human resources (HR) training needs
- Posts these needs online through a database
- Feeds relevant information to existing CUGH Committees, Interest Groups, and partner institutions
- Creates and maintains a website that serves as an open access platform
- Facilitates actionable conversation by identifying potentially synergistic relationships.
Global Community Health Partnerships
While the CUGH Capacity Building Project creates the opportunity for developing meaningful partnerships, the GCHP approach is one model of partnership management to close the Knowledge-Action gap. The partnership between a LMIC community, the Peace Corps/Rotary Clubs and US-LMIC academic institutions using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach emphasizes the local context of health policy implementation and increases access to primary health care services at the local level in low resource settings while identifying community health policies that have implications beyond the local level. These partnerships link:
- LMIC community members and health care providers
- Peace Corps and Rotary Clubs
- U.S. and LMIC academic centers
The Peace Corps and Rotary facilitate the partnership by liaising between the community and the academic partners and offering community expertise, cultural guidance, onsite project coordination, and community advocacy. The universities offer professional technical and public health training resources and evaluation support. Partnership project planning meetings occur longitudinally through distance communication and document sharing. Community Advisory Board (CAB) meetings, focus groups, data collection, policy discussions, and technical trainings occur primarily during biannual university site visits. The participatory partnership and CAB meetings guide the health service adaptation, implementation, quality improvement, and the evaluation.
The outcome of a partnership is a sustainable health service, trained healthcare providers, service guidelines directed at a locally-prioritized health issue, and health service implementation research using mixed methods to evaluate the process and impact of the health service. The expansion of a community-Peace Corps/Rotary-academic approach fosters the development of global health partnerships that
- consistently use participatory approaches to address the need of sustainable community health systems in low resource communities and
- focus on primary health care services implementation research.
End Polio Now
End Polio Now is a Rotary Led effort to eradicate Polio and improve the lives of communities globally. Our collective effort recognizes the importance of health systems in the success of this and other initiatives. As Rotary achieves its goal, our hope is to continue the strengthening of health systems to maintain Polio eradication and to address other similar challenges through ensuring access to vaccines and sound primary health care systems.
Living Health Global and Living Health US are complementary advocacy efforts to educate individuals and communities on how universal health care or challenges with access impact the lives and individuals and the well-being of communities. This will be a terrific opportunity for our institutions to collectively educate about and advocate for health equity in the US and globally.