Donor countries should ensure donated funds reach health workers

A news article in the BMJ this week (14 Jully) reports on the comments from Gareth Thomas, UK International Development Minister, to the UK parliamentary meeting on AIDS, TB, Malaria that donor countries should invest on HRH.

The article also cites recently released report from AMREF entitled People first: African solutions to the health worker crisis. The report proposes how UK and other donor governments should work to strengthen health workforce. Key recommendations include increase investment, working in partnership, involvements of local African governments. It also calls for African governments to follow their commitment to invest at least 15% of national budgets on health and to explore possibilities of task shifting as a mean to address critical shortages.