Health worker shortages in Zambia: an assessment of government responses

Gow, Jeff and George, Gavin and Mutinta, Given and Mwamba, Sylvia and Ingombe, Lutungu (2011) Health worker shortages in Zambia: an assessment of government responses. Journal of Public Health Policy, 32 (4). pp. 476-488. ISSN 0197-5897


A dire health worker shortage in Zambia’s national health
programs is adversely impacting the quantity and quality of health care and posing a serious barrier to achieving Millennium Development Goals to improve population health. In 2005, Zambia’s Ministry of Health developed a 10-year
strategic plan for human resources for health to address the crisis through improved training, hiring, and retention. The plan has neither arrested nor reduced
the shortage. We review the causes of the shortage, present results from a health worker survey showing that safe work conditions, manageable workloads, and career advancement opportunities matter more to respondents than financial
compensation. We comment on the adequacy of government efforts to address the health worker shortage.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2011 01:23
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2015 01:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: Zambia; health workers; workforce shortage
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140211 Labour Economics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160508 Health Policy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920208 Health Policy Evaluation
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1057/jphp.2011.41

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