How to recruit and retain health workers in rural and remote areas in developing countries

World Bank Guidance note, Health, Nutrition and Population Discussion Paper

World Bank: Araujo E, Maeda A

Publication details

Publication date: June 2013


This paper aims to outline the magnitude of unequal health workforce distribution in the developing countries; provide a summary of the evidence to date on the factors that contribute to these imbalances; present a systematic set of policy interventions that are being implemented around the world to address the problem of recruitment and retention of health workers in rural and remote regions of the developing countries; and to introduce the potential application of the Discrete Choice Experiments (DCEs) to elicit health workers’ preferences and determine the factors likely to increase their probability of taking up a rural or remote job. [from abstract]