A call for research proposals focused on incentives to attract and retain qualified health workers to underserved areas within low and middle income countries has been issued by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and the Human Resources for Health Department of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) is an international collaboration, based at WHO headquarters in Geneva, which aims to promote the generation and use of health policy and systems research as a means to improve the health systems of developing countries. The Human Resources for Health Department at WHO helps build and strengthen stewardship capacity to develop and implement health workforce policies, strengthens institutional capacity to develop and ensure quality and adequate quantity of health workforce production, and manages knowledge regarding health workforce development.
The Alliance for HPSR and WHO are eager to support pragmatic and policy-oriented research that addresses gaps in the existing evidence base. This call for proposals is open both to studies that aim to understand better the factors behind health workers’ choice of practice location as well as studies that aim to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of interventions to encourage health workers to work in underserved areas. Evaluations that assess the impact of interventions addressing health worker location could examine outcomes in terms of health worker density, but also quality and service coverage.
The deadline for submission of proposals is September 12, 2008. For more information, visit the website of the Alliance for HPSR.