Two complimentary interventions that could turn around health human resource crises in Sub Sahara Africa

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Two complimentary interventions that could turn around health human resource crises in Sub Sahara Africa

Task Shifting and Task Sharing implemented together can address uneven distribution of tasks among health workers. This could promote efficient deployment of scarce health workforce in low resourced economies.

his article is based on conclusions derived from an action based study to develop health sector policy guidelines on task shifting in Uganda. Literature was reviewed at global and national levels. The study was support by UNFPA and carried out for Uganda Family Planning Consortium. The task shifting guidelines will be used by Uganda’s health sector.

All views expressed in this article do not in any way represent the position of institutions consulted. In publishing this article, the Author has flagged up issues intellectual discussion and experience sharing. Readers may identify issues for further research or identify areas for collaboration with the line sector. This article is dedicated to health workers who live and work in had to reach and hard to stay areas worldwide.


The Author acknowledges the work of United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities (UNCoLSC), under the auspices of the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC). Under this work, more affordable and effective medicines and health supplies have been made accessible and available to women and children. This initiative has restored mothers and children’s hopes.

The UNCoLSC and stakeholders’ efforts to amplify actions to save and improve lives of 16 million women and children globally is a great contribution to helping nations overcome major bottlenecks to save lives. This has been understood to solve teething bottlenecks in life saving commodities which has had a positive effect to improving country health systems. Through this initiative, Health ministries have functioned better and accessed more women and children to vital health services.

It is pointed out that the need to promote consensus in use of thirteen (13) affordable and effective life-saving medicines and health supplies need to be up scaled to enable more women and children in Sub-Sahara Africa access them. With an understanding that HRH are in a crises, promotion of task shifting and task sharing will remain a viable strategy to address uneven workload among HRH so as to triple their effort in delivering effective health services to mothers and children.

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