Faith-based organizations and human resources for health in Africa

Health worker in KenyaSimilar to other public- and private-sector health institutions providing health services in Africa, FBOs face numerous HRH challenges. High staff attrition rates, partially attributable to the migration of health workers, present one major challenge. In 2011, the Churches Health Association of Zambia identified a number of other HRH challenges within FBOs:

  • Poor and unattractive conditions of service
  • Emergence of competitive local, regional, and international markets for health workers
  • Reluctance of qualified medical staff to serve in rural locations
  • High absenteeism
  • Restrictions on new staff recruitment.

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