Where Are the Health Workers?

Professor Kayode Odusote (consultant for IntraHealth International, right) discusses health worker distribution with Mbemba Traore (director of the human resources unit at the Guinea Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, left).

Kayode Odusote and Mbemba Traore

The board displays the latest documents on health workers that have been deployed or redeployed to help address health workforce shortages across the country. In Guinea, there are only 15 nurses, midwives, and doctors for every 10,000 people. That’s just over half the minimum number recommended by the WHO to provide adequate access to health care. And since many health workers choose to work in urban areas, rural areas are often left even worse off.

Last week, the Ministry decided to use iHRIS, IntraHealth’s open source health workforce information software developed with support from USAID, to track and manage over 11,000 health workers. With iHRIS, the Ministry will be able to produce a number of graphic reports about the health workforce, including ones that show how many of each type of health worker are available in the country and exactly where they are needed most.

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This post originally appeared on IntraHealth International’s Tumblr.

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Photo by Amanda Puckett, courtesy of IntraHealth International