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Analytical summary - Health workforce

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The World Health Report 2006 - Working Together for Health identifies Zambia as one of fifty-seven countries worldwide suffering from a critical shortage of health care workers.

The crisis has arisen from a long period of under-funding to the health sector. The crisis manifests through a depleted workforce, inequitable distribution of the existing workforce, poor pay and poor work environment leading to high workloads and a de-motivated workforce. The Government of Zambia has recognized this crisis. It turned into the development of a Human Resources for Health Strategic Plan 2006-2010 which has since led to a number of measures to address and reverse the crisis.