Human Resource Division
The Human Resource (HR) Division within the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare (MOHSW) has a mandate to develop and implement various HRH components to meet the demands of the Ministry’s 10 years National Health & Social Welfare Policy and Plan (2011-2021). To carry out this mandate, the Division collaborates with other departments, the County Health and Social Welfare Teams, development partnersand UN agencies, Universities and health training institutions to address the human resources needs of the sector at all levels of health service delivery.
The Unit is also responsible to ensure a coordinated approach to MoH human resource planning, enhance performance, productivity and retention; increase the number of trained health workers and their equitable distribution, and ensure gender equity in employment, especially in management positions.
Noticeable accomplishments of the Division in 2013 are:
Integrated Human Resource Information System (iHRIS): In collaboration with Health Management Information System (HMIS) and RBHS, the Human Resource Unit trained 18 Human Resource Managers and other senior and middle level managers at the central and county levels in the operations of the iHRIS software. Following the training exercises and orientation, 14 data entry clerks were contracted for the period of six (months) and equally trained to code and enter the raw data on health workers from the counties and other autonomous public health facilities. Cadres, salary structure, facilities and counties have entered a total of 8,553 health workers into the iHRIS database.
mHERO ( Mobil Health Messages System): The MoH also worked with the IntraHealth to introduce and pilot mHERO communication approach in the sector. This approach is an SMS-based mHealth communication strategy built to be use on basic mobile phones. It uses iHRIS and DHIS2 to ensure effective and efficient communications between health workers and the ministries of health globally. It is intended to extend and enhance core health information systems, in terms of communication, planning and management for the health workforce. The mHERO will be used to buttress the iHRIS and DHIS2 to ensure effective and efficient communications between health workers and the Ministry of Health. It is intended to extend and enhance core health information systems, in terms of communication, planning and management for the health workforce.
Local Scholarship: A total of 560 students were beneficiaries of the MoH scholarship program for FY 2013/2014. Of this number a total of 296 graduated in various disciplines in the health field. Accounting for this number include 33 graduates from Esther Bacon school of Midwifery, 65 Phebe school of Nursing, 25 Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, 64 South Eastern School of Midwifery, 48 Cuttington Undergraduate School of Nursing and 6 Cuttington Graduate School and 55 from (UMU/Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences).
Training Institutions Service Availability Mapping (Ti-SAM): The HR Unit in collaboration with HMIS with support from the West African Health Organization (WAHO) conducted Training Institution Service Availability Mapping survey (Ti-SAM) in 19 accredited health-training institutions in Liberia. The general objective of this exercise is to determine the country’s capacity for the production of health professionals and factors that would favor scaling up their production.