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IntraHealth to Lead $300 Million USAID Project in Global Health Workforce, Systems Strengthening

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- IntraHealth International has been awarded a new 5-year global cooperative agreement, with a $300 million ceiling, by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve the quality of health services in the developing world by strengthening the health care workforce. Worldwide, there is a shortfall of 4 million health workers needed to increase access to critical primary health care services, and 57 countries fall short of the World Health Organization's minimum ratio of 2.3 health workers for every 1,000 people.

Under IntraHealth's leadership, the Human Resources for Health and Quality Services (HRHQS) Project will increase the quantity and quality of available health workers and services by working with global organizations and developing country institutions to test and roll out successful workforce planning, retention, recruitment, training and deployment interventions.

The HRHQS Project builds on the foundation established by USAID's investment in the Capacity Project, a 5-year global initiative, also led by IntraHealth, which worked in 47 countries around the globe to strengthen health systems and workforce planning, development and performance support.

"The HRHQS Project will serve as a catalyst at this critical juncture to further advance human resources for health knowledge and practice," says IntraHealth CEO Pape Gaye. "The ultimate goal is a more efficient and effective global health workforce that will reach more people and improve health status and quality of life, especially for the poor and most vulnerable."

The HRHQS Project will be led by Maurice Middleberg, who brings almost 30 years of experience to his new role. Mr. Middleberg joins IntraHealth from the Global Health Council, where he served as Vice President for Public Policy. He has also held positions at USAID, the Futures Group, CARE and EngenderHealth.

"The global health worker crisis is at the heart of the crushing burden of disease that holds hundreds of millions of people in poverty; all other health investments depend on resolving the dearth of qualified, productive health workers," says Mr. Middleberg. "I am honored to join IntraHealth, a global leader in developing human resources for health. I am equally pleased to join a global partnership of highly capable organizations."

IntraHealth has formed a collaborative partnership to implement the HRHQS Project. Partners include Abt Associates, IMA World Health, Liverpool Associates in Tropical Health (LATH) and Training Resources Group, Inc. (TRG). To strengthen regional technical assistance and networking capacity, the HRHQS Project includes five associate partners: the African Population & Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya; Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH), Thailand; EQUINET, the Regional Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa, South Africa; the West African Institute of Post-Graduate Management Studies (CESAG), Senegal; and Partners in Population and Development (PPD), Uganda and Bangladesh.

IntraHealth International is a North Carolina-based non-profit organization that has served the public health needs of developing countries for 30 years. IntraHealth's mission is to create sustainable, accessible health care by strengthening health workers and the systems that support them. In addition to USAID, IntraHealth receives funding and support from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, private foundations, corporations and individuals.

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