Whilst the severe shortage of health workers is a major constraint to achieving global health goals, it is not the only factor contributing to the human resources for health crisis. Many low and middle income countries (LMICs) also experience skill imbalances, mal-distribution of labour between rural and urban areas, international migration, low motivation and poor performance amongst staff. These problems are compounded by inadequate information systems and a lack of data on the career paths of health workers, which are necessary for effective human resource planning and management.
This research project seeks to remedy the lack of data on internal mobility patterns in LMICs by prospectively following a cohort of nurses in South Africa.
Ditlopo, P.; Blaauw, D.; Lagarde, M. Monitoring the job choices of nurses in South Africa. Research Summary. (2013) 1 p.