Health workforce

Increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas

WHO/S. Willman

In response to World Health Assembly resolutions and the Kampala Declaration, WHO has launched a programme of work to improve health worker retention in underserved areas. One of the key aspects of this programme is to develop a set of recommendations on increasing access to health workers in rural and remote areas through improved retention.

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