Human Resources and Health Outcomes: Cross-Country Econometric Study

Case study

Anand S, Baernighausen T

Publication details

Number of pages: 7
Publication date: 2004
Languages: English


This study estimates the health worker requirements by measuring the relationship between health worker-population ratios and infant, child and maternal mortality. Findings of this study suggest that the density of human resources for health is significant in accounting for maternal mortality rate, infant mortality rate, and under-five mortality rate.

The effect of this density in reducing maternal mortality is greater than in reducing child mortality, possibly because qualified medical personnel can better address the illnesses that put mothers at risk.