WHO Launches Program for Increased Access, Improved Retention for Health Workers


The World Health Organization recently launched a new program to provide increased access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention.

The WHO consulted with over 30 international experts on health workforce rural retention in Geneva. The group issued a plan of action defining the primary areas of work, including timelines and milestones. They will also develop evidence-based recommendations for publication in early 2010.

These recommendations constitute one of three interdependent pillars which form the basis for the new rural retention program. The other pillars are the gathering and sharing of evidence, as well as providing support to countries in the implementation of effective health workforce retention strategies in rural and remote areas.

Adapted from WHO announcement

For more information and supplemental materials, please visit the WHO program launch site.

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