IHP news 522: Human Resources for Health

By on May 17, 2019

BMJ Global Health – The role of community health workers in cervical cancer screening in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic scoping review of the literature

J O’Donovan et al; https://gh.bmj.com/content/4/3/e001452

Community-based screening for cervical cancer and task sharing to community health workers (CHWs) have been suggested as a potential way to increase screening coverage in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The aims of the scoping review were to understand the following: (i) where and how CHWs are currently deployed in screening in LMIC settings; (ii) the methods used to train and support CHWs in screening, and (iii) The evidence on the cost-effectiveness of using CHWs to assist in screening.  … … The roles of CHWs in cervical cancer screening in LMICs have largely to date focused on education, outreach, and awareness programmes…”

BBC – The hidden world of the doctors Cuba sends overseas


Cuba has long been renowned for its medical diplomacy – thousands of its doctors work in healthcare missions around the world, earning the country billions of dollars in cash. But according to a new report, some of the doctors themselves say conditions can be nightmarish – controlled by minders, subject to a curfew and posted to extremely dangerous places, James Badcock reports.”

The report is from opposition-linked ‘Cuban Prisoners Defenders’, and based on direct testimony from 46 doctors with experience of overseas medical missions, plus public-source information from statements by 64 other medics.

UK turns to Asia for nurses to cover staff shortages


Hospitals recruit health workers from India and Philippines amid fall from EU. A combination of factors including uncertainty over Brexit affecting European nurses, demographic changes and a shortage in domestically trained staff have made nurses from outside of Europe an important part of the workforce in the U.K., which is estimated to have over 30,000 vacancies for registered nurses in England alone. The Philippines and India now account for the largest number of foreign nurses working in England.”

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