Human resources and access to maternal health care

P ten Hoope-Bender, Jerker Liljestrand, S MacDonagh

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The lack of human resources is one of the main bottlenecks to achieving the Millennium Development Goals on maternal and child health. A coherent national policy, recognized across government, needs to be in place to overcome this especially in countries severely affected by HIV/AIDS. Such a policy should cover selection of pre-service students, the qualifications of trainers and training sites, supportive supervision, career path development, a package of carefully thought-out incentives for the retention of staff, strategies for interaction with communities, and an agreed-upon health staff HIV/AIDS policy. Without such coherent human resource planning, a large number of countries will fail to reduce maternal and newborn mortality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-233
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Environmental Health and Occupational Health


  • access to health services
  • child mortality reduction
  • maternal and
  • maternal and child health
  • human resources for health
  • professional
  • health care


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