Retaining doctors in rural Zambia: A policy issue

by Tino Maliselo and Rita Magawa
Consultancy Africa Intelligence (Pty) Ltd., 4 February 2013

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This paper discusses the challenges that hinder the Zambian healthcare system’s efforts to attract and retain qualified doctors in rural Zambia. Unless the trends fuelling the external and internal brain drain of doctors are fully understood and appropriately dealt with, the current crisis is set to remain a significant public health concern. The paper offers possible solutions in the form of policy changes, and assesses both the feasibility and sustainability of the recommended changes.

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