The survey found that community service officers who reported professional development during the community service year were twice as likely to report intentions to remain in rural, underserved communities. Read the survey here: http://bit.ly/1h1o7sE
Read more about AHP's research into Community Service in South Africa.
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Quality healthcare worldwide is impeded by critical shortages of health workers. The WHO estimates that the global shortage of healthcare professionals will reach 12.9 million within the next two decades. This shortage is felt disproportionately in sub-Saharan Africa, which has only 3% of the world’s health workers working in the region, but suffers with 24% of the global burden of disease. In South Africa, the shortage of medical professionals is no better than some of the worst affected African countries. Even with this massive shortage, the private sector, which serves 16% of the country’s population, enjoys 70% of the country’s doctors. The remaining 84% of South Africa’s population uses public healthcare and languishes with access to only 30% of the country’s doctors. Rural areas bear the brunt of these shortages as the country struggles to attract and retain enough medical staff to provide health services in remote locations. In South Africa, 43.6% of our population lives in rural areas, but only 12% of the country’s doctors work in rural healthcare facilities.
Africa Health Placements (AHP) is a South African-based social profit organisation working to address these extreme inequities in access to healthcare through HR solutions. To address this HR crisis, AHP has a four-pronged approach. Firstly, the organisation performs workforce planning, an exercise to optimise the allocation of scarce skills. Secondly, AHP then goes out to recruit professionals with these skills. Thirdly, AHP works with management of healthcare facilities to improve the retention of these professionals. And finally, AHP works with facilities and districts to codify a patient-centric culture for healthcare delivery.
AHP has placed and orientated over 3 900 health workers (mostly doctors) in developing countries in Africa over the past 10 years.