Resource Spotlight: Optimizing Health Worker Roles to Improve Access to Key MNH Interventions through Task Shifting

Optimizing MNH
Optimizing MNH

Human resource shortages in the health services are widely acknowledged as a threat to the attainment of the health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Attempts to optimize the potential of the existing health workforce are therefore crucial. A more rational distribution of tasks and responsibilities among cadres of health workers is seen as a promising strategy for improving access and cost effectiveness within health systems.

The objective of this guidance is to issue evidence-based recommendations to facilitate universal access to key, effective maternal and newborn interventions through the optimization of health worker roles. These recommendations are intended for health policymakers, managers and other stakeholders at a regional, national and international level. [ from summary]

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