This is the first in a series of five technical briefs on the theme of governance and systems, that draws on the results and lesson learned from the PRRINN-MNCH programme. This particular brief focuses on addressing human resources for health services in Northern Nigeria. The key messages are:
Northern Nigeria faces critical shortages of skilled birth attendants and other health workers – this is exacerbated by poor human resources (HR) management.
- PRRINN-MNCH has developed a human resource management toolkit to support better planning, management and development of human resources for health.
- The goal of having a functional and fully populated HR information system that is regularly updated is almost achieved.
- Next steps required to consolidate the achievements include providing senior managers with accurate HR information and strategies for improving performance; developing additional modules in the HR system; and rolling out the remote access, web-based module of the system.