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Using data to develop effective human resources policies for health worker recruitment and retention

Pamela A. McQuide, PhD, RN, IntraHealth International, Capacity Project, 6340 Quandrangle Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27517, 919-313-9167, pmcquide@capacityproject.org, Amy Hagopian, MHA, PhD, University of Washington, Box 354982, 4311 11th Ave, NE, Seattle, WA 98195-4982, and Paul Kiwanuka-Mukiibi, Dr, IntraHealth International, PS Consulting, Susie House Annex, 1001 Ggaba Rd., PO Box 26334, Kampala, Uganda.

Developing country ministries of health that can gain control over their workforce data are well positioned to make informed policy decisions that can take best advantage of existing health workers while discouraging out- migration. The authors have partnered with the Ministry of Health in Uganda to develop registries of licensed health professionals, and will report on the process and outcomes of that work.

There is growing concern about out-migration of health professionals from low-income countries. Ministries have been trying to play catch-up with workforce policies that reduce push factors. Policy development is hampered by the lack of a reliable, current, and easily accessible workforce data system in many of these countries.

With a rich data base of information about the licensed health professionals in the country, Uganda's Ministry of Health is poised to make effective workforce policies to recruit and retain health workers. All the major stakeholders have been involved in the development of this project, which strengthens its likelihood of success.

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