Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Priorities for research into human resources for health in low- and middle-income countries

Michael Kent Ranson, Mickey Chopra, Salla Atkins, Mario Roberto Dal Poz & Sara Bennett

Volume 88, Number 6, June 2010, 435-443

Table 1. Countries where key informant interviews about policy and research on human resources for health were carried out, types of informants interviewed and interview topics, by geographical region, 2007–2008

Region East Africa Latin America and the Caribbean Middle East and North Africa South-East Asia
Countries included Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Suriname Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Yemen Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
Types of informants interviewed Elite interviews with ministry of health officials and heads of departments and programmes; in-depth interviews (35 in Uganda and 17 in the United Republic of Tanzania) with heads of special programmes, desk officers, heads of sections, heads of private facilities and NGOs, and heads of research institutes Seven policy-makers and two researchers from each country Representatives of public sector organizations, groups of health professionals, academia, civil society groups, private sector organizations, NGOs, faith-based organizations and consumer organizations Officials (range: 13–25 per country) from identified national institutions, units and organizations and regional or international organizations
Interview topics Health policy concerns; health research priorities Current policies; desired policies; current research; desired research Policy concerns; policy priorities; research questions Important current health topics; proposed health policy topics; current information needs; emerging research priorities

NGO, nongovernmental organization.

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