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ICHRN Knowledge Library
  • Date
    2006-11-26
  • Title
    Wastage in the Health Workforce: Some Perspectives from African Countries
  • Journal

  • Publisher
    Human Resources for Health
  • Year
    2005
  • Author
    Dovlo D
  • Description
    [Excerpt from author] Background: Sub-Saharan Africa faces a human resources crisis in the health sector. Over the past two decades its population has increased substantially, with a significant rise in the disease burden due to HIV/AIDS and recurrent communicable diseases and an increased incidence of noncommunicable diseases. This increased demand for health services is met with a rather low supply of health workers, but this notwithstanding, sub-Saharan African countries also experience significant wastage of their human resources stock. Conclusion: The paper reviews strategies that have been proposed and/or implemented. It suggests areas needing further attention, including: developing and using indicators for monitoring and managing wastage; enhancing motivation and morale of health workers; protecting and valuing the health worker with enhanced occupational safety and welfare systems; and establishing the moral leadership to effectively tackle HIV/AIDS and the brain drain.
  • Categories
    Workforce Assessment, Planning and Policy, Education, Training and Development, Nursing Human Resources Management
  • Keywords
    supply and demand; health human resource shortage; Occupational health and safety; HIV/AIDS
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