What are countries doing to reduce the imbalance in the distribution of health workers?

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Countries are using several methods to regulate the imbalance in health worker distribution. Evidence from the 36 countries profiled in the progress report shows that countries are offering:

  • financial incentives (Afghanistan, England, France, Hungary, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Thailand, Senegal and South Africa),
  • continuing professional and career development opportunities (Australia, England, Hungary and Nepal),
  • prolonged residencies, with mandatory periods of training in rural areas (Ghana, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa),
  • other non-financial incentives – i.e. free housing, better diagnostic facilities, security, free access to health care (Mozambique, Nepal and Philippines).
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