Cost Health Worker Retention Interventions
Health worker retention is critical to ensure better access to health services. There are many interventions that can motivate health workers to accept posts and remain in rural and other underserved areas. As part of the decision-making process about the most appropriate retention strategy to pursue and to advocate for funding support, you will need to know how much the retention interventions will cost.
CapacityPlus, USAID’s flagship global human resources for health strengthening project, and the World Health Organization's (WHO) Department for Health Systems Policies and Workforce have joined together and responded to this need by developing this retention intervention costing tool.
iHRIS Retain is an open source tool to cost various health worker interventions and develop retention strategies to be implemented at the district, regional, or national level. The newest product in the CapacityPlus iHRIS Suite of health workforce software, the tool is structured according to the 2010 WHO Global Policy Recommendations for Increasing Access to Health Workers in Remote and Rural Areas through Improved Retention.
You do not need to be a health economist to use this tool. The software tool guides the user through the costing process step by step to capture needed financial and health workforce data. Based on the inputs entered, iHRIS Retain calculates the total costs and generates reports for each retention intervention and targeted cadre, as well as different packages of interventions. Stakeholders can review the disaggregated and aggregated costing results to determine the economic feasibility of different retention interventions for inclusion in a retention strategy.