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Developing human resources for the HIV pandemic

Norbert Dreesch, Mario R Dal Poz, Gulin Gedik, Orvill Adams and Timothy Evans

in The HIV Pandemic

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780199237401
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723957 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237401.003.0046
Developing human resources for the HIV pandemic

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At the beginning of the 21st century, health systems in both industrialized and developing countries are becoming increasingly pluralistic, with diversified public, private, non-governmental organizations, community, and home provision of care leading to greater complexity of health service organization. At the same time, political stewardship is often weak and challenged by strong interest groups. To manage the challenge of HIV better, countries need to strengthen various aspects of their health systems. Specific investments in strengthening health systems may improve the capacity of the system to plan and deliver services. Reforms at the sector level may strengthen incentives for efficiency; these include, for example, introduction of contractual relationships, decentralization of decision making, increased autonomy for health providers and integration of services. Also training capacity must be sufficient to respond to train appropriate healthcare personnel. Combating HIV calls for innovative, socially responsible and flexible approaches to human resources development and use.

Keywords: human resources; health systems; political stewardship; contractual relationships; decentralization; integration; knowledge-transfer

Chapter.  8271 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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