Health Leadership in the Developing World

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Posting #3: Health leadership in the developing world The developing world faces many critical health challenges. Addressing the multitude of concerns regarding health delivery can seem overwhelming, and it is critical that the national leadership is able to define specific goals to improve the healthcare infrastructure of these nations and devise targeted solutions. According to the article "Attracting and Retaining Nurse Tutors in Malawi," the nursing profession in Malawi faces a critical shortage of nurse technicians, at a rate of up to 80 percent in certain areas (Caffrey & Frelick 2006:1). The problems in Malawi lay in the willingness of students to enter the profession as well as a shortage of educators. Without nurse tutors to train nurse technicians, it will be a struggle to provide the countryside with needed health services in the future. To enhance the attractiveness of positions in the health field, enhanced salary and free housing are now offered to nursing educators by the Ministry of Health. As a result of this program, the number of clinical instructors has increased. However, doubts remain about the long-term feasibility of this strategy. Salaries only provide a one-term incentive for workers and "weak human resources management systems and practices hinder effectiveness and negatively affect follow-through on the conditions of scholarships, deployment, enforcement of bonding and support for and communication with seconded government workers" (Caffrey &
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