Malawi's Emergency Human Resources Programme

Global Health Workforce Alliance, World Health Organization, Case study

World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Alliance

Publication details

Number of pages: 12
Publication date: 2008
Languages: English


This case study describes actions taken by the Malawi Government to address the HRH crisis it faced

The Government developed and implemented with donor support an emergency plan focusing on retention, deployment, recruitment, training and tutor incentives for 11 priority cadres (doctors, nurses, clinical officers, medical assistants, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, radiographers, physiotherapists, dentists, environmental health officers and medical engineers).

As a result of the implementation of the plan, there is some evidence to suggest a reduction in nurse emigration. Enrolment on basic clinical courses was two and a half times higher in 2007 than in 2003, and on post-basic courses it almost doubled. There were 40% more doctors, 50% more clinical officers and 30% more nurses in post in 2007 than in 2003. There was also an increase in medical school applications, potentially due to improved future salaries. Management capacity remains however an issue within the health system.