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Necessity of Effective Policies and Good Governance to Foster Retention of Health Professionals

Kathy Kantengwa, MD, MPH, HIV/Performance-Based Financing Project/ Rwanda, Management Sciences for Health, c/o Christele Joseph Pressat, 784 memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139, 011-250-08-307855, kkantengwa@msh.org

draw on your experience in the policy realm to paint the picture

What is happening in Rwanda - The experience in Rwanda over the past five years in the development of human resource management policies (salary, benefits, training, role cotent, etc) that impact health professionals and, in turn, the services they deliver is reviewed. Specific examples of how governance has impacted productivity will be cited. The questions of how workers make decisions to stay in Rwanda or migrate elsewhere are examined in light of the results of a human resource assessment in the health sector conducted in 2005

Bottom line: when people have confidence in the political system and get a descent package for their living, they would rather remain home where they have other non- material advantages such as family and friends networks.

(Note: the author has served within the Ministry of Health of Rwanda as Policy Advisor on HIV/AIDS, Human Resources, and Management)

Learning Objectives:

Keywords: Health Care Workers, Health Care Politics

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No

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Health Care Worker Migration from Developing Countries: What is Happening and Why it Matters

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA