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Flexibility of deployment: challenges and policy options for retaining health workers during crisis in Zimbabwe

Mashange, Wilson, Martineau, Tim ORCID:, Chandiwana, Pamela, Chirwa, Yotamu, Pepukai, Vongai Mildred, Munyati, Shungu and Alonso-Garbayo, Alvaro (2019) 'Flexibility of deployment: challenges and policy options for retaining health workers during crisis in Zimbabwe'. Human Resources for Health, Vol 17, Issue 39.

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Zimbabwe experienced a socio-economic crisis from 1997 to 2008 which heavily impacted all sectors. In this context, human resource managers were confronted with the challenge of health worker shortage in rural areas and, at the same time, had to operate under a highly centralised, government-centred system which defined health worker deployment policies. This study examines the implementation of deployment policies in Zimbabwe before, during and after the crisis in order to analyse how the official policy environment evolved over time, present the actual practices used by managers to cope with the crisis and draw lessons. ‘Deployment’ here was considered to include all the human resource management functions for getting staff into posts and managing subsequent movements: recruitment, bonding, transfer and secondment. The study contributes to address the existing paucity of evidence on flexibility on implementation of policies in crisis/conflict settings

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > W 21 Medicine as a profession.
WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 09:51
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2019 10:12


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