Human resources for health through conflict and recovery: Lessons from African countries

Pavignani, Enrico (2011) Human resources for health through conflict and recovery: Lessons from African countries. Disasters, 35 4: 661-679. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7717.2011.01236.x


Author Pavignani, Enrico
Title Human resources for health through conflict and recovery: Lessons from African countries
Journal name Disasters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0361-3666
1467-7717
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-7717.2011.01236.x
Volume 35
Issue 4
Start page 661
End page 679
Total pages 19
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A protracted conflict affects human resources for health (HRH) in multiple ways. In most cases, the inflicted damage constitutes the main obstacle to health sector recovery. Interventions aimed at healing derelict human resources are however fraught with difficulties of a political, technical, financial and administrative order. The experience accumulated in past recovery processes has made some important players aware of the cost incurred by neglecting human resource development. Several transitions from conflict to peace have been documented, even if largely in unpublished reports. This paper presents condensed descriptions of some African HRH-related recovery processes, which provide useful lessons. The technical work demanded to resuscitate a derelict health workforce is fairly well understood. In most situations, the highest hurdles lie outside of the health domain, and are of a political and administrative nature. Success stories are rare. But useful lessons are taught by failure as well as by success.
Keyword Africa
Conflict
Human resources for health
Planning
Post-conflict recovery
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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