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Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Print version ISSN 0042-9686

Bull World Health Organ vol.88 n.5 Genebra May. 2010 




This issue addresses the special theme of retaining health workers in remote and rural areas. Manuel M Dayrit et al. (322) discuss this global challenge, particularly in countries with critical shortages of health workers. Lincoln C Chen (323) describes the uneven distribution of health workers and the challenges that countries face.


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Where have all the nurses gone?

Kathryn Senior (327-328) reports on the global shortage of nurses and how some countries are working to change this.


Getting staff to stay in rural areas

Carmen Dolea et al. (379-385) analyse the effectiveness of policies to attract and keep health workers. Luis Huicho et al. (357-363) propose a framework to measure the effect these policies.


Decentralized health financing

Mahjabeen Haji et al. (397-399) look at how the design of health financing systems can help keep health workers in their posts.


The role of medical schools

James Rourke (395-396) discusses ways medical schools can encourage rural practice.


Does compulsory service work?

Seble Frehywot et al. (364-370) describe ways that governments are using compulsory service to place health workers in remote and rural areas.


Where do we stand on the Millennium Development Goals?

Carla AbouZahr & Ties Boerma (324) suggest reasons for varied progress towards the healthrelated targets.