Health systems

Health workforce retention in remote and rural areas

Call for papers for WHO Bulletin special theme issue

WHO Bulletin special theme issue

Approximately one half of the global population lives in rural areas, but these people are served by only 38% of the total nursing workforce and by less than a quarter of the total physicians’ workforce. Without local access to well trained and motivated health workers, communities lack access to vital services.

WHO has recently launched a programme of work to support countries to increase access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention. The programme aims to:

  • build the evidence base
  • supporting countries to implement and evaluate effective strategies
  • produce evidence-based recommendations to improve retention of health workers in remote and rural areas.

As part of the effort to build the evidence base, and increase knowledge of effective strategies and policies that countries can use, the WHO Bulletin will publish a special theme issue on the topic. Authors are invited to submit articles by 1 October 2009. For more information, go to: