by Jane Doherty, Daphney Conco, Ian Couper et al.
Glob Health Action 2013, 6: 19282
Mid-level medical workers play an important role in health systems and hold great potential for addressing the human resource shortage, especially in low- and middle-income countries. South Africa began the production of its first mid-level medical workers known as clinical associates in small numbers in 2008. To sustain and expand on early achievements, clinical associates must be produced in greater numbers and the required funding, training capacity, public sector posts, and supervision must be made available. Retaining the new cadre will depend on the public system becoming an employer of choice.