Policy dialogue on task shifting for health workers in maternal and child healthcare: report

    Publication year: 2011

    This dialogue to discuss the policy brief which outlines health policy options using the current research evidence is a fulfillment of one of UNHRO?s responsibilities of supporting evidence-based policy decisions. It was noted that there is an acute shortage of human resources for health in Africa and Uganda and slow progress towards meeting the MDGs. In addition, there is lack of access to surgical services for persons who suffer injury in road traffic accidents and persons who suffer debilitating, chronic conditions. In Uganda, about 100 doctors are produced per medical school of the 3 medical schools per year. However, Uganda seems unable to employ the doctors it produces. The issue is not numbers, there are doctors and nurses on the streets and hospitals are empty. There is no recruitment. There is need for a policy on recruitment and retention of workers.