What is the WHO doing to help countries ‘retain” their health workers?

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The WHO has developed global recommendations* to advise countries on how to improve access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention. They include enrolling students from rural areas, locating training schools in rural areas; ensuring compulsory service in rural areas; access to continuing professional development; improving regulation’s and providing financial and personal/professional incentives such as grants for housing, vacations, support for children schooling etc. The recommendations also give advice to policy makers on how to choose the most appropriate interventions and, on how to implement, monitor and evaluate their impact over time.

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