Health workforce

Increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention

Global policy recommendations

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World Health Organization

Increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention - Global policy recommendations

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Number of pages: 79
Publication date: 2010
Languages: English
ISBN: 9789241564014

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Globally, approximately one half of the population lives in rural areas, but less than 38% of the nurses and less than 25% of the physicians work there. While getting and keeping health workers in rural and remote areas is a challenge for all countries, the situation is worse in the 57 countries that have an absolute shortage of health workers.

After a year-long consultative effort, this document proposes sixteen evidence-based recommendations on how to improve the recruitment and retention of health workers in underserved areas. It also offers a guide for policy makers to choose the most appropriate interventions, and to implement, monitor and evaluate their impact over time.

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