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Excerpt Globally, approximately one half of the population lives in rural areas, but less than 38\% of the nurses and less than 25\% of the physicians work there. While getting and keeping health workers in rural and remote areas is a challenge for all countries, the situation is worse in the 57 countries that have an absolute shortage of health workers. After a year-long consultative effort, this document proposes sixteen evidence-based recommendations on how to improve the recruitment and retention of health workers in underserved areas. It also offers a guide for policy makers to choose the most appropriate interventions, and to implement, monitor and evaluate their impact over time. Copyright © 2010, World Health Organization.
This article was published in Increasing Access to Health Workers in Remote and Rural Areas Through Improved Retention: Global Policy Recommendations
and referenced in Primary Healthcare: Open Access