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1 Measuring Health Workforce Distribution Inequalities in Uganda Anna Awor, Elaine Byrne and Ruairi Brugha

2 The Challenge Many challenges: – Staff shortages – uneven distribution – gaps in skills and competencies – low retention & poor motivation – limited funding for recruitment – constricted career structure – Lack of champions for health – lack of recognition & shortage of role models, – ineffective training materials and methods: Without overcoming these challenges, attainment of Millennium Development Goals will not be possible in most developing countries.

3 Objective Assess regional distribution and skill mix of health workers at the Regional Referral Hospitals (RRH) in Uganda, in order to illustrate the imbalances in geographical distribution and skills mix The analysis was based on the critical HRH levels in the Regional Referral Hospitals

4 The Ugandan Health System Household/community/village HC II HC III Regional Referral Hospital MOH Headquarters National Referral Hospital District Health Service Referral Hospital or HC IV

5 Functions of the Regional Referral Hospitals Preventive, promotive, curative, maternity, in- patient health, and blood transfusion services Specialist clinical services such as psychiatry, ENT, ophthalmology, higher level surgical and medical, and clinical support In-service training, consultation and operational research in support of the community-based health care programmes Teaching and research * each RRH provide services to 2 million people

6 Methods Using data from the ministry of health HRH audit report 2010, we: Analysed the distribution of health workers in the 12 regional referral hospitals in Uganda. Compared proportions of vacant positions with the set norm for various cadres at the 12 RRH. Analysed cadre-specific (skill mix) distributions of health workers focusing on the specialised services in the 12 RRH.

7 Overall Vacancy Rates at the RRH

8 Overall Vacancy Rates The health sector strategic plan (HSSP II, 2006- 2010) set a staffing level of 65%, of which 4 RRH are lower than this level: Soroti at 60%, Fort Portal at 56%, Kabale at 49%, Moroto at 31%.

9 Vacancy Rates for RRH by Cadre DoctorsClinical Officers NursesAnaesthetic Officers Orthopaedic Officers Jinja 0 018021 Mbale 9 4025046 Mbarara 0 0212547 Fort Portal 9 0326045 Hoima 43 58432080 Kabale 86 38474055 Arua 93 50-62550 Gulu 33 972917 Soroti 80 1729092 Lira 33 -5002023 Masaka 40 2516031 Moroto 93 42604092

10 Vacancy Rates for specific cadres Doctors: vacancy range 0-93% (Jinja, Mbarara: Moroto) Nurses: -6-60% (Arua, Moroto) Clinical Officers: -50%-58% (Lira, Hoima) Anaesthetic Officers: 0-60% (Jinja, Mbarara, Fort Portal : Hoima) Orthopaedic officers: 17%-92% (Gulu, Moroto)

11 Average Annual Output by Cadre CadreLength of training (years) Number of schoolsAverage annual output Doctors55261 Clinical Officers34304 Bsc Nurse4489 Registered comprehensive nurse 4398 Registered nurse38177 Enrolled comprehensive nurse 2.512301 Registered midwives36172 Enrolled nurses2.512201 Enrolled Midwives2.511221 ENT officers1113 Anaesthetic officers128

12 Discussion From the rates seen above, it is obvious that medical personnel are carrying out duties for which they are not fully trained, particularly nursing staff and clinical officers. Equipping these cadre of staff with the relevant skills may be a solution to some of the HR problems faced in the health sector. BUT they are already overworked ……….

13 Conclusions Need innovative solutions. Task shifting is taking place whether the Ministry of Health wants to acknowledge it or not. A multi-sectoral approach is required if task shifting is to be effected. It requires: – changes in curriculum – changes in policies – changes in salary scales The implications of effecting task shifting are not known - need to address this knowledge gap. Otherwise most countries are not eager to tackle the issue.

14 Thank you

15 Ref Uganda HSSP II, Ministry of health Human for health audit report 2010; capacity program

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