Health workforce

3rd meeting of the WHO expert group on Increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention

Hanoi, Viet Nam, 23-26 November 2009

The 3rd meeting of the WHO expert group on Increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention took place in Hanoi, Viet Nam, on 23-26 November 2009, alongside the 4th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Action Alliance for Human Resources for Health (AAAH). Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries and 8 African countries were represented.

The theme of the joint conference was Getting committed health workers to underserved areas: a challenge for health systems. Its aim was to increase understanding of current challenges and responses.

The conference discussed and refined a set of draft global recommendations on improving health workforce retention in rural and remote areas. The draft recommendations will now be further refined by the WHO expert group, with a view to launching the final recommendations in spring 2010.

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