Health worker incentives during and after the conflict in Northern Uganda: A document review

This study examines the evolution of government and donor policies supporting health workers during and after the conflict

Abstract

The dynamics of the health workforce in fragmented post-conflict situations is inadequately understood. However, this information is key to restoring a well coordinated and functioning health system. The post-conflict period may sometimes provide a window for policy reforms to address long-standing human resources for health (HRH) challenges. This study aims to understand the evolution of government and donor policies supporting health workers during and after the conflict in Northern Uganda, and to derive recommendations on how to improve their effectiveness and sustainability. This report covers one component of a wider ReBUILD research project, which also included in-depth interviews with health workers, key informant interviews and stakeholder mapping. A total of 59 documents, largely government health policy documents were reviewed. After identification, data was extracted using a matrix developed by the research team and analysed in order to identify recurrent themes, areas of convergence and divergence of ideas, practices and findings, and significant gaps. This report is based on this document review.

This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s ReBUILD Programme which is led by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Citation

Namakula, J.; Witter, S.; Ssengooba, F. Health worker incentives during and after the conflict in Northern Uganda: A document review. (2014) 49 pp.

Health worker incentives during and after the conflict in Northern Uganda: A document review

Published 1 January 2014