Health Officials Tap into Powerful Data to Expand HIV Services in Namibia

November 30, 2017 Health officials in Namibia are using data from the first-ever national Workforce Indicators of Staffing Needs (WISN) assessment to expand access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), update national health policies, and inform their budgets as they shape the future of Namibia’s health workforce. The WISN method, developed by the World Health Organization, assesses workload pressure on health workers—including what kinds of tasks they perform, how long those tasks take, how many times they must perform them throughout the day, and more. Based on those workloads, WISN helps calculate exactly how many health workers of a particular cadre are required in a given health facility. The data revealed severe staff shortages.

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Health Officials Tap into Powerful Data to Expand HIV Services in Namibia