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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2006 Sep;94(3):226-33. Epub 2006 Aug 10.

Human resources and access to maternal health care.

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Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Secretariat: c/o World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.


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.

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