Health workforce

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

WHO/S. Willman
Dr Margaret Chan

"These new guidelines provide countries with instruments to improve health workforce distribution and strengthen health services, thus contributing to more equitable access to health care, and boosting prospects for improving maternal and child health and combating diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria."

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General

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

The WHO resolutions on migration (WHA57.19) and rapid scaling up of health workers (WHA59.23) request Member States to put in place mechanisms which aim to improve the retention of health workers. Very recently, the Kampala Declaration called on governments to "assure adequate incentives and an enabling and safe working environment for effective retention and equitable distribution of the health workforce".

It is against this background that WHO has embarked upon a process to develop evidence-based recommendations which will advise countries on addressing the critical issues of retention and equitable distribution of health workers.

The WHO global recommendations were informed by a comprehensive research and analysis of evidence on existing interventions, by a series of country case studies and commissioned literature reviews, and by extensive consultations with experts and stakeholders regarding the effectiveness, implementation and evaluation of strategies to improve retention.


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