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Paradigm shifts in addressing health workforce shortages, maldistribution, and skill mix imbalances in low resource countries

Synopsis:

In many low resource countries, health professionals’ skills and competencies are ill matched with the local profile of health needs. Beginning with her own findings and field experience of the healthcare scenario in rural India, Meenakshi Gautham will describe two approaches that are gaining ground in global efforts to address health workforce challenges. While task shifting is a policy option to address existing shortages by
delegating tasks to lesser-trained professionals, transformative learning is a fresh call for third generation
reforms in the education of health professionals of the future. These reforms will be driven by local
populations and their health needs, and seek to align health professionals’ competencies with efficient and
equitable health systems. However as both approaches present significant paradigm shifts away from
conventional thinking, they are likely to encounter many barriers. Drawing from her own experience of
campaigning for a new cadre of primary care providers in India, with a shorter duration of training than
physicians trained over six years, Dr Gautham will outline the enabling actions that these processes will need and the future research agendas they will generate.

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Speaker(s):

Dr. Meenakshi Gautham, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Public Health and Policy, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Date:
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Time:
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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