Giving new momentum to strategies for retaining health workers

by Y. Dambisya
The ECSA Health Community with TARSC and University of Limpopo, September 2016

4 pp. 265 kB

This brief discusses the strategies used for attracting and retaining skilled health workers in ESA countries, especially to address underserved rural and remote areas, primary care settings and in the public sector. It reviews practice to date and identifies strategic options. Whereas ESA countries have implemented various attraction and retention regimes, the results have not been well documented, with still limited evaluation and reporting of impact of these strategies. The evidence suggests a need for a comprehensive, multi-sectoral and co-ordinated approach to planning and implementation, to make the case for improved funding and with greater use of information and monitoring systems.

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