The pilot intervention described in this brief took place at an apparel manufacturing company, Caribbean Island Apparel SA, located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The project by the USAID-funded RAISE Health Initiative sought to demonstrate the value of a new management approach to workplace health services and practices in a garment factory. Specifically, the pilot looked at how the health systems strengthening model could be adapted to the private sector and could help build the factory’s capacity to manage the health staff and infirmary, institute clinical best practices, and expand the primary care roles for nurses, including providing family planning and reproductive health services. The results indicate that better management of worker health benefits the factory through effective use of existing resources, improved human resources processes, and better productivity. This has implications for practitioners and policymakers who may consider including commercial workplaces in their efforts to strengthen health systems and expand access to general and reproductive health services.
Rodehau, Carolyn, David Wofford, and Suzanne Brockman. 2016. "Adapting a health systems strengthening model to improve access to health services in a factory: A pilot project in Haiti," brief. Washington, DC: Population Council, The Evidence Project.
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