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6 Health Worker Production Key Findings: + Successes and - Challenges 6 Health Worker Production Ch â¢ Contributed to an increase in physician â¢ Did not directly address specialists, advanced practice nurses, nurses retention and rational with upgraded skills, and midwives distribution of newly trained â¢ Some early progress was observed in physician specialists, recruiting those trained under the HRH advanced practice nurses, and Program into the faculty nurses with upgraded skills â¢ $17.9 million in PEPFAR resources were â¢ Large unmet HRH needs used to procure health professional education remain in Rwanda in terms of equipment and distribute it to teaching both number of health workers hospitals located predominantly in Kigali and their distribution + - HEALTH IN THE RWANDAN LABOR MARKET In 2018, Rwandaâs population was recorded at more than 12 million, with a working age population of 6.9 million and a labor force of ap- proximately 3.9 million (NISR, 2018). It also has one of the highest rates of female labor force participation and is the only low-income country of the five countries (Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Rwanda) that has closed at least 80 percent of the gender gap (Thomson, 2017; World 167
168 EVALUATION OF PEPFARâS CONTRIBUTION TO RWANDA Bank, 2018). The latest Labor Force Survey from the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) reported that of the population of 3,207,336 employed individuals, 49,072 (1.5 percent) are working in the field of hu- man health and social work activities (NISR, 2018). The health workforce has increased in both number and proportion at a rate of 6.9 percent since 2002; data from the Rwanda Population and Housing Census reported that the health workforce numbered 15,084 (0.46 percent) in 2002, and 29,413 (0.7 percent) in 2012 (NISR, 2014). Health Workforce by Cadre The 1994 genocide against the Tutsi nearly destroyed the health infra- structure and resulted in acute shortages of a supply of qualified and special- ized health workforce, which hindered health service delivery and served as a major barrier to HIV care and treatment. In 2009, it was estimated that a 14.2 percent rate of health workforce growth per annum was required, ac- cording to Rwandaâs population growth rate at that time (Kinfu et al., 2009). Between 2009 and 2015, as Figure 6-1 illustrates, the number of health workers in Rwanda remained relatively consistent, with 7.8 to 8.9 doctors, nurses, and midwives per 10,000 people (MOH, 2015). When disaggre- gated by cadre, the majority of these health professionals were nurses (7.27 to 8.31), with significantly fewer doctors (0.58 to 0.64) and midwives (0.05 to 0.8). More recently, Rwanda was reported to have 1 physician (2018), 7 nurses and midwives (2018), and 3 other health workers per 10,000 population density (Open Data for Africa, 2018). 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Docs, nurses, midwives per 10,000 Docs per 10,000 Nurses per 10,000 Midwives per 10,000 FIGURE 6-1 Doctors, nurses, and midwives per 10,000 population. SOURCE: MOH, 2015.
HEALTH WORKER PRODUCTION 169 However, this was still far below the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended critical minimum threshold of 23 doctors, nurses, and midwives per 10,000 people in 2006, and even farther below the newer (2016) threshold of 44.5 per 10,000 (WHO, 2016). This shortfall represents a production challenge, meaning there is an insufficient number of trained health professionals relative to the need. In 2011, 625 medical doctors, 8,273 nurses, and 240 midwives were providing care in Rwandaâs referral and district hospitals and health centers (MOH, 2012a). In 2015, it was reported that there were 114 pharmacists, 1,545 laboratory technicians, and 263 anesthesia practitioners in Rwanda (MOH, 2015). Most doctors in Rwanda are general practitioners and per- form a majority of the surgical care; 82 percent of the general surgery and obstetric procedures are performed at district hospitals (Kansayisa et al., 2018). Only about 50 fully trained surgeons and 170 anesthesia technicians were reported in Rwanda in 2012 (Petroze et al., 2012). Compounding the shortage of doctors are absenteeism and the presence of âghost workers,â people who draw a salary from the public sector al- though they are mostly absent. Doctors in urban areas combine public- and private-sector work, and usually at the cost of public-sector health service delivery through their lack of attendance (Lievens et al., 2010). Patients and health facility staff alike benefit from the doctorsâ time and expertise, but absenteeism leads to low quality and inadequate health care due to low output and productivity (Lievens and Serneels, 2006; Scheffler et al., 2016). The Rwandan government initiated a pay-for-performance strategy to improve the quantity and quality of health services provided in the public sector, making positive contributions to health worker performance (Ngo et al., 2016; Sekabaraga et al., 2011; Suthar et al., 2017; Zeng et al., 2014). Rwanda is relatively better resourced with nurses, who predominantly staff health centers, where 85 percent to 89 percent of the mostly rural population receives care (Iyer et al., 2017; Uwizeye et al., 2018). As one ap- proach to help alleviate the shortage of HRH and linked to decentralization of the health system, the health sector introduced task shifting1 in 2009, shifting many clinical decisions and activities to nurses and community health workers (CHWs), including in the delivery of HIV care. With a defi- cit of physicians, task shifting would increase the ability to care for patients and would also decrease labor costs of the HIV program. The Ministry of Health (MOH) transferred the ability to prescribe antiretroviral ther- apy and provide routine follow-up care of HIV-positive patients on first- line drugs without complications to nurses (MOH, 2009b). The program 1â Shifting health care services to nurses and CHWs has been a key strategy for expanding access to primary care in Rwanda and elsewhere. Cancedda and Binagwaho (2019) point out that the HRH Program was designed to complement existing and ongoing efforts that strengthened primary care, including task shifting.
170 EVALUATION OF PEPFARâS CONTRIBUTION TO RWANDA trained more than 500 nurses to deliver HIV care and has achieved high levels of retention and improved patient health outcomes (Nsanzimana et al., 2015). The 2013 HIV and AIDS National Strategic Plan reemphasized task shifting of routine HIV care to nurses and the upgrading of nursing skills to equip them to care for pediatric patients and those on second-line prescriptions (MOH, 2013c). Through further task shifting and a reformation of the national commu- nity health system, care for 80 percent of the disease burden was offloaded to CHWs at the village level through health promotion activities as well as preventive, diagnostic, and curative care (Binagwaho et al., 2012; Condo et al., 2014; MOH, 2013b). The Rwanda CHW Program was established in 1995, growing from 12,000 CHWs to now approximately 45,000 (RGB, 2017). Each village has three CHWsâa pair of general CHWs (binomes), who provide community health, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS prevention ser- vices, and a maternal health worker (animatrice de santÃ© maternelle), who provides infant and pre- and postnatal maternity care. CHWs are elected by the communities they serve and undergo at least 6 years of education (Condo et al., 2014). Although task shifting has positively contributed to the supply of adequately trained health professionals, there are still significant shortages of physicians and physician specialists in the health workforce. Publicly available data from the MOHâs Annual Statistics Booklet, An- nual Report, and the Master Facility List demonstrate an increase in health workers across type during a period concurrent with the HRH Program (see Table 6-1). These numbers encompass the newly trained health workers who participated in the HRH Program, those who were already working in the health system, and those who entered the Rwandan health system after being trained elsewhere. The committee was unable to disaggregate these data by source or career stage. Including physician specialists and general practitioners, there were 1,350 physicians in Rwanda in 2018, which translates to 1 doctor per 8,919 populationâbelow the Fourth Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP IV) national target of 1 doctor per 7,000 population by 2024 (MOH, 2018a,b).2 Physician specialists, before embarking on specialization train- ing, become general practitioners. Although trend data provide the number of health practitioners by level, these data do not highlight the number of general practitioners who became specialists, which might have some im- plications for achieving targets for generalists. 2â There is no singular guidance on the number or density of medical specialists in low- and middle-income countries. In fact, the WHOâs Global Health Observatory data repository, which tracks health worker density, does not disaggregate medical specialists at all. A review of the literature revealed little guidance on the topic as well. One recent modeling exercise suggests that four physician anesthesia providers per 100,000 population is a âmodest targetâ (Davies et al., 2018).
TABLE 6-1 Number of Health Practitioners in Rwanda by Level HRH 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Target General Practitioners 604 625 683 684 709 742 783* 1,182** Physician Specialists 150** 197** 567* 551** Nurses and Midwives 8,202 8,513 9,230 9,607 9,590 9,661 10,758* 11,384** Community Health ~60,000 ~60,000 ~45,000 Workers*** * Ministry of Health: Rwanda Master Facility List, 2018 (MOH, 2018b). The Master Facility list counts health workers in the following cat- egories: General Practitioner, Specialist, A1 Nurse, A2 Nurse, Midwife, Lab Technician, Physiotherapist, Anesthetist, Pharmacist, and Dentist. ** Midterm review of the HRH Program (MOH, 2016). The definition of specialists according to the midterm review was âof specialized physicians in public-sector workforce with an M.Med., excluding those in exclusively administrative roles,â which may differ from âspecialist physiciansâ as used in the Master Facility List, which did not include a definition. *** Comprehensive Evaluation of the Community Health Program in Rwanda (LSTM, 2016). SOURCES: MOH Annual Statistics Booklets or MOH Annual Reports unless otherwise noted. MOH, 2010, 2012a, 2013a, 2014a, 2015. 171
172 EVALUATION OF PEPFARâS CONTRIBUTION TO RWANDA As of 2018, 5 of Rwandaâs 30 districts had more than 1 doctor per 7,000 population and 8 districts had fewer than 1 doctor per 25,000 population (MOH, 2018b). Likewise, Rwandaâs 9,551 nurses equate to 1 nurse per 1,261 population, below the HSSP IV target of 1 nurse per 800 population, and the 1,207 midwives equate to 1 midwife per 2,504 women of childbearing age, close to the national target of 1 midwife per 2,500 women of childbearing age (MOH, 2018a,b). In total in 2018, there were 10.5 doctors, nurses, and midwives per 10,000 population, an increase from 8.8 in 2011, before the start of the HRH Program and a 19 percent increase in total, led by a per population increase of 176 percent in physician specialists, a 10 percent increase in general practitioners, and 10 percent increase in nurses and midwives. However, Rwanda remains well below the Sustainable Development Goal index threshold of 4.45 doctors, nurses, and midwives per 1,000 population established by WHO as neces- sary to deliver essential health services (WHO, 2016). If Rwanda meets its HSSP IV targets, it will have 15 doctors, nurses, and midwives per 10,000 population by 2024. Data from the University of Rwanda indicate that although more medical students graduated from undergraduate and postgraduate training programs after the HRH Program started, there was variability by specialty (see Table 6-2). The higher numbers of graduates in 2016, 2017, and 2018 reflect the increase in enrollment rates in the first 3 years of the Program. A maximum likelihood time series analysis was performed to assess the sta- tistical significance of this increase (see Chapter 2 section for the rationale and methodology). Results indicated that the total number of physician spe- cialists graduating per year from 2014 through 2018 increased significantly (P < 0.001), compared to the 2007â2013 period (see Figure 6-2). Data pro- vided by the MOH indicated most medical specialists were distributed with high numbers at Rwanda Military Hospital, CHUK (University Teaching Hospital, Kigali), and CHUB (University Teaching Hospital, Butare)âand with smaller disbursements, in comparison, in Ruhengeri and Muhima hospitalsâmost of whom were internists, pediatricians, obstetricians and gynecologists, and/or surgeons. The impact of reduced investments in the HRH Program on graduation rates requires more time to assess. Additional MOH data on nursing specialists indicated that 111 nurs- ing specialists graduated from the first Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) cohort from 2015â2017, with the most graduates from the pedi- atrics specialty, followed by medical surgical, and critical care and trauma (see Figure 6-3). Although the MSN program is still in its infancy, the number of specialist nurses produced in its early years is promising and could contribute to continued specialization of nurses and the provision of specialty care, although more time would be needed to evaluate the sustained impact.
TABLE 6-2 University of Rwanda Medical Student Graduation Numbers by Program Department 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery 117 42 88 130 75 96 72 83 103 Postgraduate Anesthesiology 2 2 1 2 3 2 5 â â Internal Medicine 3 3 6 1 6 10 14 12 17 Pediatrics 5 5 8 â 1 6 14 13 11 Obstetrics/Gynecology 6 â 7 â 5 6 14 10 13 Ear, Nose, and Throat â â â â 2 3 3 1 â Family and Community Medicine â â â â 2 â â â â Surgery 4 â 4 â 4 5 9 5 4 Neurosurgery â â â â â â â 1 1 Orthopedics â â â â â â â â 1 Urology â â â â â â â 1 â Anatomical Pathology â â â â â â â 4 4 Psychiatry â â â â â â â 3 2 Emergency and Critical Care â â â â â â â â 6 SOURCE: Graduation data provided by the University of Rwanda. 173
174 EVALUATION OF PEPFARâS CONTRIBUTION TO RWANDA 85 69 65 49 45 38 21 21 15 7 7 5 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 FIGURE 6-2 Total physician specialists graduated under the HRH Program by year. NOTES: The 2016 HRH Program midterm review indicates that in 2015 there were 197 specialists in Rwanda; the 2018 Rwanda Master Facility List indicates this increased to 567 in 2018. The number of new physician specialist graduates between 2015 and 2018 totaled 264, which does not equal the difference of 370. It is unclear whether additional physician specialists were trained outside of Rwanda or entered the system through other means. This is a challenge with data from diverse sources that, due to their late receipt, could not be vali- dated or cross-checked. SOURCE: Graduation data provided by the MOH. The Rwanda Medical and Dental Council, established in 2003, is re- sponsible for registering and licensing all medical and dental professionals practicing in both the public and private sectors in Rwanda. Doctors are required to renew licenses annually after completing a minimum of 50 con- tinuing professional development credits. The National Council of Nurses and Midwives registers and licenses nurses and midwives in the public 25 21 20 17 17 15 14 14 13 10 8 7 5 0 Critical Care & Education, Medical Neonatal Nephrology Oncology Pediatrics Perioperative Trauma Leadership & Surgical Management FIGURE 6-3 Total nursing specialists graduated under the HRH Program by specialty. NOTES: The MSN programâs first cohort matriculated in 2015. Presented data show the first graduated cohort for the 2-year programs from 2015â2017. SOURCE: Graduation data provided by the MOH.
HEALTH WORKER PRODUCTION 175 and private sectors. Licenses must be renewed every 3 years. According to their data, the number of general practitioners, physician specialists, and dentists receiving licenses has been increasing (see Table 6-3). The number of nurses and midwives receiving their licenses peaked in 2014 when the licensing system was newer. Another peak would have been expected in 2017 or 2018 as licenses issued in 2014 came up for renewal, but this was not observed in the data. Across all cohorts, 58 students graduated from the Master of Hospital and Healthcare Administration (MHA) program; another 3 received postgraduate certificates, and 5 were expected to gradu- ate in 2019. Interview respondents across all stakeholder types agreed that more physician specialists were trained and more nurses with advanced skills were produced under the HRH Program. One MOH representative who received her medical training before the program began expressed apprecia- tion for the improved skills HRH trainees gained under the program: The HRH Program was amazingâhelped cover the gaps in- country, including specializations such as pediatrics and internal medicine. There is a difference in the quality of training and doc- tors from before the HRH Programâ¦. We had high level, skilled teachers from top tier U.S. institutions. When I was training, we didnât learn how to treat HIV or co-infections, so that is a big dif- ference the HRH Program has made. We donât have to retrain the graduates coming out now; they are integrated into the system, and their education is providing them the required skills. They are very well equipped. (87, Government of Rwanda HRH Program Administrator) Respondents also credited the establishment of postgraduate specialty training programs in medicine and nursing under the HRH Program with producing more health workers with specialized skills. However, there were conflicting opinions on the distribution of these new specialists in medicine and nursing. One respondent from an international nongov- ernmental organization (NGO) commented that during a recent visit to a district hospital, he had observed that there were now 15 doctors, in- cluding physician specialists in obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics, which was an increase from when his organization started working with the hospital (04, Other Donor Representative). Such increases were seen as strengthening the district hospital level and reducing the burden on referral hospitals (05, International NGO Representative). However, one international NGO respondent observed that despite the increase in the number of doctors, there was variation by specialty and uneven geographic distribution:
TABLE 6-3 Number of Practitioners Receiving Their License 176 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Internal Medicine 61 70 83 102 106 120 117 103 93 95 Obstetrics and Gynecology 50 64 59 77 92 94 95 94 86 85 Neurology 4 3 3 4 5 5 4 5 4 3 Cardiology 6 7 6 7 6 6 8 8 9 8 Dentistry â â â 21 28 50 48 48 38 47 Pediatrics 50 62 61 85 87 85 88 84 78 80 Surgery 27 38 44 60 60 65 59 57 57 47 Anesthesiology 23 27 28 33 32 33 28 29 26 26 Psychiatry 11 12 14 13 11 15 10 9 10 12 Emergency Medicine 1 2 3 3 11 11 11 8 9 6 General Practitioners 413 448 487 606 612 726 822 864 893 850 Nurses 2,988 5,027 2,298 2,954 1,369 1,116 Midwives 504 686 293 245 51 117 NOTES: 850 general practitioners received their licenses in 2018, while only 783 were in public practice, according to the Master Facility List. Physi- cians in private practice and those renewing their licenses but not practicing account for the difference. Per the Master Facility List, only 51 percent of all facilities in Rwanda are in the public sector, meaning a large portion of providers work in private, nongovernmental, and faith-based facilities. SOURCE: Licensure data provided by the Rwanda Medical and Dental Council and National Council of Nurses and Midwives.
HEALTH WORKER PRODUCTION 177 This last graduation round, I think for the first time I saw inter- nal medicine graduates pumping up more rural district hospitals. Pediatricians have spread out a little bit more. I think the big- ger residency programs have spread around a little bit further. I havenât seen any of the other specialties. So, most district hospitals donât have a pediatrician and â¦ itâs a part-time job and not a full- time placement. I donât think I have seen any advanced practice nurses spread out to the district level yet. (12, International NGO Representative) Data from the Master Facility List showed that in 2018, 447 of the 567 physician specialists worked in four districtsâGasabo, Huye, Kicukiro, and Nyarugengeâwhile six districts had no specialists and another five districts had only one each. Evidence from qualitative data collection supports the claim that the HRH Program produced more health care workers and academics with specialized skills who are feeding back into the health system. For example, of 25 HRH trainees interviewed for this evaluation, 9 went on to work in district hospitals, 9 went to work in teaching hospitals, 4 became Univer- sity of Rwanda faculty, 1 continued studies in Rwanda, and only 1 left to pursue other studies in the United States (see Figure 6-4). There is also clear evidence of upgrading of nurses in the interview respondent sample. Before the HRH Program, 4 were working as faculty in district nursing schools, 5 were working as A1 nurses, and 4 were work- ing as A2 nurses. All 13 nurses improved their skills by one level through their courses under the HRH Program and have returned to or continued working in the health system, with 4 working in district hospitals, 5 work- ing in teaching hospitals, 3 serving as faculty at the University of Rwanda, and 1 working as an MSN tutorial assistant while she finishes her degree (see Figure 6-5). Of 567 physician specialists in Rwanda in 2018, 222 (39 percent) worked at the national referral and teaching hospitals, 221 (39 percent) at private facilities, 46 (8 percent) at the intermediate level, and 78 (14 percent) at the peripheral level (MOH, 2018b). The distribution of general practitioners is different, with the majority (53 percent) stationed at the peripheral level and only 11 percent at the national referral and teaching hospitals (see Table 6-4). RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF HEALTH WORKERS Retention of adequately trained graduates is among the ubiquitous challenges facing the region and is key to addressing an imbalanced health workforce (WHO, 2013). While sub-Saharan African medical schools have
178 EVALUATION OF PEPFARâS CONTRIBUTION TO RWANDA HRH District Teaching UR Faculty Other Program Hospitals Hospitals Nursing 2 MSN MSN tutorial 1 MHA assistant 13 4 5 3 1 Medicine Also Went to U.S. UR Faculty for further education in public health 10 1 1 5 4 1 Health Administration 2 1 1 FIGURE 6-4 Career trajectory of interviewed HRH Program graduates following graduation. NOTE: HRH = human resources for health; MHA = Master of Health Administration; MSN = Master of Science in Nursing; UR = University of Rwanda. TABLE 6-4 Distribution of All Physician Specialists and General Practitioners by Health Facility Level Level General Practitioners Physician Specialists National Referral and Teaching Hospitals 85 (10.9%) 222 (39.2%) Intermediary Level 64 (8.2%) 46 (8.1%) Peripheral Level 417 (53.3%) 78 (13.8%) Private Facilities 217 (27.7%) 221 (38.9%) Total 783 567 SOURCE: MOH, 2018b.
HEALTH WORKER PRODUCTION 179 HRH District Teaching UR Pre-program Other Program Hospitals Hospitals Faculty A0 2 MSN MSN tutorial District Nursing 1 MHA assistant School Faculty 4 4 5 5 3 1 A1 A1 5 4 4 A2 4 FIGURE 6-5 Career trajectory of interviewed HRH Program trained nursing respondents. NOTE: HRH = human resources for health; MHA = Master of Health Administration; MSN = Master of Science in Nursing; UR = University of Rwanda. expanded student enrollment, âfaculty-related issues were most commonly identified as key to improving the quality of graduatesâ (Mullan et al., 2011). In a survey of 146 medical schools, 26 percent of domestic graduates were reported to have migrated from their respective home countries within 5 years after graduation, with â80 percent of that emigration being to countries outside of Africaâ (Chen et al., 2012). Even so, the âassessment of retention strategies has been challenging because of the poor ability by most health systems to track medical school graduatesâ (Mullan et al., 2011). The 2011 HRH Strategic Plan set a goal to increase the number of skilled, motivated, and equitably distributed health care workers in Rwanda (MOH, 2011a). However, challenges persist in meeting this goal, including high health worker turnover rates that result in insufficient staff to provide training for new health care providers (MOH, 2013a); low salaries; and a lack of career growth and opportunity for further training that leads to attrition and a move from public to private service (MOH, 2011a). Other difficulties encountered with the health workforce include poor social and economic incentives to work in health care, lack of management tools, and a weak human resources information system (MOH, 2009a). High turnover of trained service providers is a major hurdle in maintaining sufficient levels of qualified staff (MOH, 2012b). As seen in other countries, an exodus of health care workers from Rwanda after receiving training also needs to be addressed (Alleyne, 2015), though given the timing of this evaluation,
180 EVALUATION OF PEPFARâS CONTRIBUTION TO RWANDA it was not possible to assess whether the newly trained nurses, midwives, and medical specialists were retained in Rwanda. Several of these factors are discussed in more detail in the sections that follow. Distribution of the Health Workforce Rwandaâs health worker shortage poses a major bottleneck for the population (of whom 10 million are rural) seeking health services. However, the challenges are more complex than volume alone. The health sector is suffering from geographic imbalances in the distribution of qualified health workers who favor urban areas, preference of workers for the private sector, and low levels of motivation and performance in the public sector (Lievens et al., 2010). Additionally, a lack of relevant data on health worker migra- tion in Rwanda means neither the causes nor the effects of health worker migration are well established (Asongu, 2014; Scheffler et al., 2016). There is some information about the geographic distribution that suggests health workersâ preferences to avoid rural areas. In 2006, only 17 percent of public sector health workers took a job in a rural area (Serneels and Lievens, 2008). One study used valuation questions to assess the willingness of the incoming health workforce (students) to work in rural areas and found sub- stantial heterogeneity. Individuals had lower rural wage preference for those who had a high intrinsic motivation to help the poor, had a rural back- ground, or participated in an Adventist local bonding scheme (Serneels et al., 2010). Conversely, students had more reservations about wages if they were from a more prosperous background and could afford to be selective about their work location (Serneels et al., 2010). Additionally, Lievens et al. (2010) found that medical students were generally less inclined to work in rural posts than nursing students, but they were all inclined to work in these rural posts early in their careers. In an earlier study, location deci- sions were not only influenced by salaries but also by benefits (e.g., house and access to health care), job attributes (e.g., access to training, promo- tion opportunities), access to infrastructure (e.g., electricity, water, quality housing, roads, and transport), and location-specific factors such as access to schools for children (Serneels and Lievens, 2008). One doctor working in a rural district in Rwanda noted a lack of career development in rural areas (Serneels and Lievens, 2008). There is also migration in the Rwandan health workforce between the public and private sectors. The public sector is the biggest employer in the health sector in Rwanda, but it is not necessarily preferred by the health workforce. Lievens et al. (2010) found that 40 percent of nursing students preferred to work in the public sector and 31 percent for an NGO, whereas 48 percent of medical students preferred to work for an NGO than in the public sector (31 percent) in the long term. Career growth, opportunities
HEALTH WORKER PRODUCTION 181 for further training, and salary levels are key factors contributing to HRH attrition from the public to the private sector (MOH, 2011a). A study of comparative salaries in public and private sectors issued by the Ministry of Public Service and Labour in 2007 (amended in 2008) captures the histori- cal reality of higher salaries in the private sector at all levels of the health workforce (MIFOTRA, 2007). The guidelines for determining salaries in the public sector in Rwanda have evolved over time; starting in 2006 the shift has been toward a sys- tem in which salary amounts are attached to the requirements of a specific position (in terms of responsibility and decision making, knowledge and experience, skills, and working environment) rather than to the qualifica- tions of the employee who occupies a position (MIFOTRA, 2012; Vujicic et al., 2009; World Bank, 2018). As a result, the job level for every posi- tion is established through objectively based job analysis, evaluation, and classification, and everyone who holds an equivalent position should have the same base salary (Vujicic et al., 2009). The intended outcome of this standardization is to âreduce variability in wages among employees occu- pying posts of the same levelâ (Vujicic et al., 2009). In addition to a basic salary, monetary allowances exist that are âassociated with the normal du- ties, responsibilities and requirements of a job, transportation, housing and nonperformance bonuses or paymentsâ (MIFOTRA, 2012). Of note, âin the health sector, allowances have been used historically to circumvent the base salaries in the civil service. In [this] sector, new housing allowances and loans that target doctors who fulfill a set of criteria have been introducedâ (Vujicic et al., 2009). Mobility and Migration in a Regional and Global Health Labor Market As the nature of health-related issues in the region increasingly calls for cross-border coordination and partnerships, Africa has seen a growing trend toward regionalism in its health sector. The entire continent faces a shortage of health workers, gaps in service coverage, high rates of attrition, and migration of skilled personnel to more favorable work environments (USAID, 2014). Thus, in addition to the internal distribution of the work- force, another key issue contributing to the shortage of HRH in Rwanda is emigration. On a continent already dealing with a high burden of disease and low volume of health care personnel (Chen et al., 2012), as many as â47 [sub-Saharan African] countries have lost more than 60 percent of their doctor workforce to migrationâ (Greysen et al., 2011). More than 30 percent of locally trained doctors migrate in half of the countries in sub- Saharan Africa (Kasper and Bajunirwe, 2012). Poppe and colleagues interviewed 27 health professionals (doctors, nurses, and medical assistants) who originated from a wide range of coun-
182 EVALUATION OF PEPFARâS CONTRIBUTION TO RWANDA tries, four of whom were from Rwanda, and found three primary reasons for emigrating out of the country: for educational purposes, for political instability and insecurity, and for family reunification (Poppe et al., 2014). Scheffler and colleagues additionally describe congruent categories as mo- tives to immigrate, noting financial motivations, professional development concerns, and personal and family reasons. African doctors migrating to higher-income countries cite being surrounded by accomplished and mo- tivated colleagues as an advantage that creates knowledge spillovers, in- creased productivity, and greater job satisfaction (Scheffler et al., 2016). Another factor that incentivizes migration is working in a low-resource, high disease burden environment in comparison to their counterparts in high-income countries (Ghebreyesus et al., 2013). Recognizing the challenge of migration, effective regional coordination in Africaâamong economic communities, networks, associations, and tech- nical organizations as well as donors, governments, and implementing part- nersâwill enable African countries to maximize their collective impact in each country sustaining a strong national health workforce and accelerating progress toward improved health and economic outcomes (USAID, 2016). For example, Kenya has bilateral agreements with Rwanda, Namibia, and Lesotho for collaborative health workforce training and the promotion of circular migration of health workers (Taylor et al., 2011). Health Worker Retention A notable emphasis of the HRH Program was to address low recruit- ment for residencies by increasing studentsâ exposure to certain specialties during undergraduate medical training and by providing mentorship. In a 2018 gender-based analysis of factors that affected selection of special- ties, surgery was preferable for 46.9 percent of male medical students, and obstetrics and gynecology for 29.4 percent of females. Although female medical students were less likely than their male counterparts to pursue surgery as their first option, females were more likely to join surgery, based on perceived research opportunities, and males were more likely to drop the selection of surgery as a specialty when an adverse interaction with a resident was encountered. Medical students were more likely to consider surgical careers when exposed to positive clerkship experiences that provide intellectual challenges, as well as focused mentorship that facilitates effec- tive research opportunities (Kansayisa et al., 2018). Factors influencing the lack of selection for the anesthesia program included long work hours and high stress level, insufficient mentorship, and low job opportunity (Chan et al., 2016). The requirement to serve in a district hospital for 2 years was recog- nized as a deterrent to postgraduate recruitment, particularly for women;
HEALTH WORKER PRODUCTION 183 the MOH proposed waiving that requirement for female physicians as an incentive, among other strategies that aimed to make medical training more compatible with Rwandan cultural practices (MOH, 2011b). However, the MOH did require a âbonding periodâ for all new graduates under the HRH Program: In return for tuition coverage, graduates were expected to remain in Rwanda and commit to working in the public sector for 4 to 5 years (Cancedda et al., 2018). According to the University of Rwanda, the MOH provided different levels of tuition support to students through the HRH Program: between 34 and 48 percent of tuition for medical students (undergraduate and postgraduate); 100 percent tuition for MHA students from 2013 to 2017; 0 percent tuition for MHA students from 2018 to 2019; and 100 percent tuition for nursing students from 2016 to 2019. Government of Rwanda policies were seen as the key mechanisms for retaining HRH Program trainees. Respondentsâ most frequently cited policy was the governmentâs bonding period. The consequences for not fulfilling the bonding period were unclear, although one government document states that âfailure to remain in the service would result in â¦ refunding all or a portion of the training cost to the Governmentâ (MIFOTRA, 2012). The Wage Bill states that âit is unclear what sanctions are for defaulters, or if any have been implementedâ (World Bank, 2008). Health workers who pursued education outside of the country were also committed to a bonding period, although the requirement was 3 years, upon their return to Rwanda. HRH trainees did see the bonding period as positively affecting the retention of graduates: In our class, for example, we were 14. All of us are still working in public institutions, because in our contract we sign at the end of trainingâ¦. No one is working in a private clinic. We are all in public institutions where the Ministry of Health has placed us. (86, University of Rwanda Faculty and Former Student in Pediatrics) However, respondents also reported that long-term retention of HRH trainees was impossible to predict, due to the early timing of this evaluation relative to HRH trainee bonding periods: I donât know much about the longer-term retention that it will have on the public health systemâ¦. There arenât a ton who have truly finished their payback time. They are increasing the pool. I think the retention will be a longer-term question. (12, International NGO Representative) Some respondents made the link to broader HIV-prevention goals, even in the discussion of retaining health workers in the Rwandan public health
184 EVALUATION OF PEPFARâS CONTRIBUTION TO RWANDA system as an HRH Program goal. As one respondent representing a profes- sional association stated, [I]f you are an HIV-trained person [and] you leave Rwanda to go working in Tanzania, Burundi, or Kenya, you are still taking care of HIV patients, you are dropping down the risk of transmission â¦ which is the goal of [PEPFAR] funding anyway. (35, University of Rwanda Non-Twinned Faculty and Professional Association Representative in Internal Medicine) Program administration respondents viewed the MOH as providing a work environment that would increase health workersâ job satisfaction and thus improve retention. This environment included regularly paid and acceptable salaries,3 opportunities for career progression, and equipment necessary to provide health care services, which had an interactive effect with increased health worker skills produced through the HRH Program: There are two parts of retention, one is to increase the salary. I have heard there was some salary increase. The second part of it was with buying equipment, so there is this job satisfaction. You have better trained nurses, you have better equipment, so now you are doing your job [with] satisfaction. (45, Government of Rwanda HRH Program Administrator) There is that â¦ career progression structure which is now imple- mented to assess movements upwards of different doctors [and] strong professional bodies that keep developing capacity and meet the requirements to move upwards. (43, Government of Rwanda HRH Program Administrator) In contrast, representatives from professional associations expressed that weak infrastructure, including equipment, posed a challenge to health worker retention, particularly at lower-level facilities: [I]n a district hospital â¦ it is regular to not have what you need, it is chronic and it is very frustrating and you donât want to stay there and you go wherever because it is a huge frustration. 3â Salaries were set via job classifications, which fell under the purview of the Ministry of Public Service and Labour. At the time of data collection, it was reported that job classifica- tions should have been reviewed in 2017. Salaries were determined based on the position, rather than on âthe diploma carried by the person who occupies a positionâ (Vujicic et al., 2009).
HEALTH WORKER PRODUCTION 185 (10, Professional Association Representative in Obstetrics and Gynecology) Similarly, U.S. institution (USI) faculty felt that the low salaries, as compared to private or NGO positions, pulled health workers out of the public system: [T]hey have departed for NGOs within Africa in conflict or hu- manitarian zones. They get paid $5,000 a month rather than $1,000 a month. (83, USI Twinned Faculty in Surgery) Respondents also noted that some MOH policies and practices im- paired retention. Notably, blanket retention policies were seen as a hin- drance, regardless of urban or rural location of the job posting, in line with the literature: The same staff retention policy that we apply in Kigali would be completely different from health facilities very far away, where you find social services are very limited, the milieu of work is really inappropriate. But in design, you didnât find specific activities that are specific to areas, then you end up benefitting some areas but not others. (04, Other Donor Representative) Respondents described the MOH practice of moving health workers from one facility to the next as âdisruptiveâ (05, International NGO Rep- resentative), especially for staff with families; the practice also prompted health workers to seek opportunities outside the public health system. UPGRADING AND PROCURING EQUIPMENT Across the region, issues of infrastructure permeate health professional education. A literature review of medical education in sub-Saharan Africa cited infrastructure as a common challenge due to the âinadequacy of over- all funding to maintain or update facilities as well as the insufficiency of staff resources for teaching and administrationâ (Greysen et al., 2011). Ad- ditionally, âthe quantity and quality of a number of resourcesâstudent and teaching resources, technology, and clinical teaching sitesâwere perceived by respondents on average to be below adequateâ (Chen et al., 2012). Chen and colleagues (2012) also write: Medical schools report inadequacies in a number of key physical resource areas, including skills and research labs, journals, student residences, and computers.â¦ The most significant reported barriers
186 EVALUATION OF PEPFARâS CONTRIBUTION TO RWANDA to improving quality and increasing graduate numbers are insuf- ficient physical infrastructure (labs, computers, teaching resources, and libraries) and faculty shortages. In fact, physical infrastructure was included as one of the âgreatest needs for medical schoolsâ (Chen et al., 2012). Enhancing education-related infrastructure and equipment in health facilities and educational sites was a critical challenge to address within the HRH Program to facilitate improved health professional education and its sustainability (MOH, 2014b). With a total budget of $151.8 million for the 8-year project period, $29.8 million was projected for infrastructure and equipment upgrades under the line item âRwandan Schoolsâ (MOH, 2011b). Of that projected budget, $1.5 million was allocated for equipment maintenance. The 2014 monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan cited two key output indicators for semiannual monitoring: (1) number of newly pro- cured equipment and installed at site level, and (2) number of staff trained on equipment maintenance (MOH, 2014b). According to MOH records, Presidentâs Emergency Plan for AIDS Re- lief (PEPFAR)-supported HRH Program expenditures totaled $59.1 million, including $17.9 million on health professional education-related equipment procurement, almost $2 million more than the $16.1 million budgeted for equipment. Equipment procured with PEPFAR funds included a range of items: teaching and reference books, thermometers and stethoscopes, teaching simulators, and larger equipment for clinical services, such as echocardiograph machines and portable blood testing machines. Equip- ment primarily went to facilities in 24 of Rwandaâs 30 districts (see Figure 6-6), with the largest portion going to Nyarugenge District (see Table 6-5), specifically to CHUK, the countryâs largest teaching hospital (see Table 6-6). Huye District and CHUB, another large teaching hospital and the previous site of Rwandaâs medical school, received the second largest amounts of equipment. One HRH Program administrator from the Government of Rwanda described equipment as a component in the M&E plan; however, no such details were actually included. The financial sustainability of the HRH Program assumed 5 percent growth in the Government of Rwandaâs budget and commitment to increased health-sector spending to meet Abuja Decla- ration targets estimated at $54.5 million, which would presumably include equipment maintenance costs (MOH, 2011b). Donor restrictions in what the HRH Program could fund were highlighted in the 2016 midterm review. Necessary infrastructure and medical equipment investments outlined in the funding proposal could not be funded, affecting planned hospital upgrades
HEALTH WORKER PRODUCTION 187 Number of sites receiving equipment 0 1 2 3 4 5 Nyagatare Musanze Burera Gicumbi Gatsibo Rubavu Nyabihu Gakenke Rulindo Ngororero Kayonza Rutsiro Gasabo Kamonyi Rwamagana Muhanga Nyarugenge Kicukiro Karongi Ngoma Ruhango Bugesera Kirehe Nyanza Nyamasheke Nyamagabe Huye Rusizi Gisagara Nyaruguru FIGURE 6-6 Distribution of sites receiving health professional education equipment through PEPFAR support under the HRH Program by district. and development of new training programs such as dentistry4 (MOH, 2016). Challenges with procurement processes were also cited by respon- dents. The midterm review recommended improvements in infrastructure and equipment deficiencies as well as procurement delays moving forward. Non-Rwandan respondents noted similar challenges within the context of this evaluation. Rwandan respondents reported that equipment was procured under the HRH Program, while non-Rwandan respondents were largely skeptical about whether teaching sites actually received such equipment. Government of Rwanda HRH Program administrators reported positive achievements in the increased procurement of equipment to fill gaps at the health facilities (e.g., ultrasound machines, autoclaves, anesthesia machines, pediatric moni- tors, radiotherapy and other heavy equipment, equipment to facilitate train- ing at the simulation center, wireless Internet connections, computers, and other similar devices). One respondent from this stakeholder group stated: 4â The development of the dentistry program at the University of Rwanda was not supported by PEPFARâs investments and therefore not included in this evaluation.
188 EVALUATION OF PEPFARâS CONTRIBUTION TO RWANDA TABLE 6-5 Equipment by District Procured with PEPFAR Support Under the HRH Program, 2013â2017 Percentage Number of Value of of Total Sites Receiving Number of Pieces Equipment (U.S. Equipment District Equipment of Equipment* Dollars)** Value Nyarugenge 5 1,797 $4,436,711 27.6 Huye 3 1,031 $3,366,489 20.9 Kicukiro 2 299 $1,313,672 8.2 Ngoma 2 172 $1,215,297 7.6 Karongi 2 84 $959,520 6.0 Gasabo 2 376 $902,598 5.6 Rwamagana 2 120 $571,644 3.6 Nyamasheke 3 131 $365,803 2.3 Musanze 2 31 $302,082 1.9 Rutsiro 1 22 $281,986 1.8 Rusizi 1 17 $279,700 1.7 Nyabihu 1 15 $270,865 1.7 Nyanza 1 15 $232,281 1.4 Ruhango 2 79 $232,169 1.4 Kayonza 1 14 $227,894 1.4 Rubavu 3 203 $210,564 1.3 Muhanga 1 121 $156,895 1.0 Gakenke 2 9 $151,393 0.9 Rulindo 1 10 $143,965 0.9 Ngororero 2 8 $125,057 0.8 Nyagatare 1 15 $91,280 0.6 Kamonyi 2 89 $86,193 0.5 Gicumbi 1 21 $84,418 0.5 Gatsibo 1 1 $43,590 0.3 Bugesera 1 1 $16,169 0.1 Total 46 4,709 $16,083,568 100 * Includes items ranging in value from books and printed job aids to computerized tomog- raphy scanners. ** 13 (0.3 percent) of the pieces of equipment were missing a value in the database, including high-priced equipment such as backup generators. SOURCE: HRH Program Equipment Master List provided by the MOH.
HEALTH WORKER PRODUCTION 189 TABLE 6-6 Equipment by Site Procured with PEPFAR Support Under the HRH Program, 2013â2017 Value of Number of Pieces Equipment Percentage of Total Site of Equipment* (U.S. Dollars) Equipment Value CHUK 1 ,138 $4,020,767 25.0 CHUB 996 $3,127,022 19.4 RMH 242 $1,312,212 8.2 Kibungo 48 $1,197,401 7.4 Kibuye 81 $928,974 5.8 King Faisal Hospital 364 $802,954 5.0 Rwamagana 71 $539,005 3.4 All other sites (38) 1,769 $4,155,082 25.8 Total 4,709 $16,083,568 100 NOTE: CHUB = Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Butare/University Teaching Hospital, Butare; Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali/CHUK = University Teaching Hospital, Kigali; RMH = Rwanda Military Hospital. * Includes items ranging in value from books and printed job aids to computerized tomog- raphy scanners. SOURCE: HRH Program Equipment Master List provided by the MOH. The Program equipped the teaching site from the schools to the hospitals with innovative equipment. To equip them with wireless [equipment] â¦ to upgrade their online library, buying some man- nequins for simulation, constructing for simulation labs, and some heavy equipment. Even radiotherapy, they helped to buy a radio- therapy [device]. Even a cancer center, which is under building now. Not only that, for the nursing school which was upgraded, there was a simulation lab, a library with books, Internet connec- tion, videoconference, even tablets for them to really access online courses. All these really have been achieved from the support of the HRH Program. (03, Government of Rwanda HRH Program Administrator) Procurement data provided by the MOH demonstrate that the equip- ment with the greatest value was for radiology, while the greatest number of pieces of equipment purchased went to internal medicine as well as critical care and surgery. More sites received equipment for obstetrics and gynecol- ogy than other specialties (see Table 6-7). Given that many of the resources went to purchasing equipment for tertiary care, it is understandable that the geographic distribution was
190 EVALUATION OF PEPFARâS CONTRIBUTION TO RWANDA TABLE 6-7 Types of Equipment Procured with PEPFAR Support Under the HRH Program, 2013â2017 Number Value of Percentage of Sites Number of Equipment of Total Receiving Pieces of (U.S. Equipment Type Equipment Equipment* Dollars) Value Radiology 15 32 $4,242,599 26.4 Internal Medicine and Critical 32 1,404 $3,858,533 24.0 Care** Surgery*** 30 612 $3,755,514 23.4 Any or Unclear Purpose**** 31 402 $1,245,445 7.7 Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 653 $1,001,418 6.2 Pediatrics***** 11 294 $481,128 3.0 Clinical Teaching****** 12 151 $423,717 2.6 Patient Care 16 150 $366,217 2.3 Laboratory 6 19 $222,464 1.4 Nursing 12 88 $216,267 1.3 Book 12 627 $143,946 0.9 Teaching Facility 1 123 $71,720 0.4 Patient Room******* 10 154 $54,600 0.3 Total 44 4,709 $16,083,568 100 NOTE: Categorizing equipment by specialty is challenging as some equipment can be used for multiple purposes. * Includes items ranging in value from books and printed job aids to computerized tomog- raphy scanners. ** Includes internal medicine; critical care; anesthesia; emergency medicine; trauma; cardiol- ogy; gastroenterology; hematology; nephrology; ophthalmology; neurology; ear, nose, and throat; pulmonary; and surgery. *** Includes surgery, plastics, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, and urology. **** Includes items that can be used for multiple purposes such as thermometers and scales, and general purposes such as generators. ***** Includes items for pediatrics, pediatric critical care, pediatric anesthesia, and pediatric emergency medicine. ****** Includes clinical teaching for internal medicine, surgery, critical care, anesthesia, emer- gency medicine, urology, nursing, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and gastroenterology. ******* Includes wall clocks that may have been used for patient rooms or teaching facilities. SOURCE: HRH Program Equipment Master List provided by the MOH.
HEALTH WORKER PRODUCTION 191 weighted more toward urban locations, where tertiary care hospitals are located. HRH trainees generally agreed that equipment had been procured, and reported improvements in infrastructure, such as access to research web- sites and educational materials; ultrasound machines; ear, nose, and throat materials; high-fidelity mannequins; new centers of excellence; and simula- tion labs. University of Rwanda administrators reported new e-learning programs, fiber-optic Internet, books, and subscriptions to journals. None- theless, HRH trainees reported that needs remained, and that some of the infrastructure the HRH Program had provided did not match their skill sets. An HRH Program administrator in the Government of Rwanda and a former HRH trainee further noted that training in equipment use and maintenance was lacking or a challenge. Almost all respondents reported that it was unclear which procurements were supported through the HRH Program or were unable to specifically link discrete procurements to the Program. Non-Rwandan respondents reported skepticism on equipment procure- ment, citing that requests were changed or not delivered and that projected funds for procurement did not fund what they were intended to, or reported defensiveness from the MOH. One respondent supplemented procurement from Partners In Health funds. Specifically, for HIV, a donor agency respon- dent commented that her organization had procured equipment and other commodities for HIV service delivery. However, equipment was still viewed as missing or insufficient. CONCLUSIONS The HRH Program succeeded in expanding Rwandaâs health work- force, with particular success in increasing the qualifications of nurses (both general and specialty) and increasing the number of physician specialists. The number of specialist physicians grew from 150 in 2011 to 567 in 2018, surpassing the HRH Program target of 551 (MOH, 2011b). It is important to note that the considerable gains in the number of specialists in Rwanda have not come at the expense of the number of general practitioners, which also increased. Although the targeted numbers of general practitioners and the targeted number of nurses and midwives were not reached, both have increased by 10 percent on a per-population basis since 2011. Also, while the absolute number of nurses fell short of the HRH Program target, the qualifications of nurses increased considerably, with 111 nurses graduating with specialty qualifications in the first cohort. According to the Master Facility List, there were 5,676 practicing A1 and A0 nurses in Rwanda in 2018 (MOH, 2018b). In 2011, there were 104 practicing nurses and
192 EVALUATION OF PEPFARâS CONTRIBUTION TO RWANDA midwives with bachelorâs credentials and 797 with advanced diploma cre- dentials according to the HRH Program midterm review (MOH, 2016). More health workers, physician specialists, nurses, and midwives were produced but there is still an unmet need. Rwanda continues to lag well behind the WHO recommended 44.5 physicians, nurses, and midwives per 10,000 population with only 10.5 per 10,000 population. The countryâs HSSP IV targets call for increasing the health workforce to 15 doctors, nurses, and midwives per 10,000 population by 2024 (MOH, 2018a). This continued shortage poses a major bottleneck for the population of 10 mil- lion Rwandans seeking health services, with implications on their health outcomes. Furthermore, distribution of health workers throughout the country remains inequitable. The geographic imbalances in the distribution of quali- fied health workers is exacerbated by those who favor urban areas, prefer- ence of workers for the private sector, and low levels of motivation and performance in the public sector (Lievens et al., 2010). Although some physician specialists have begun working at the district hospital level, the vast majority are concentrated in 4 of Rwandaâs 30 districts (Gasabo, Huye, Kicukiro, and Nyarugenge). Likewise, the numbers of general practitioners, nurses, and midwives vary considerably. Five districts exceed the HSSP IV target of 1 doctor per 7,000 population, while 18 districts have fewer than 1 doctor per 15,000 population (MOH, 2018a). Four districts exceed the HSSP IV target of 1 nurse per 800 population, while 10 districts have fewer than 1 nurse per 2,000 population. Retention strategies for trainees once they were placed into prac- tice were outside the scope of the HRH Program; these strategies relied mainly on the government-established bonding mechanism, with lim- ited approaches to bolster retention beyond this. Although graduates did work in the public health system, in large part due to the bonding scheme, the long-term impact on retention remains unclear, due to the timing of this evaluation. Retention in both Rwanda and in underserved areas is important to address. The availability of supplies and equipment, especially in remote and rural areas, is key to retaining health workers and promoting productivity and performance. In Ghana, for example, midwives cite several motivating factors for working in a rural area: having time off for training after 2 years of rural service; an acceptable work environment that includes a reliable supply of medications, elec- tricity, and appropriate technology; and adequate housing. In Nigeria, inadequate facilities and medication supplies, poor management of the public health sector, and primitive living conditions affect retention of rural health workers (Awofeso, 2010), with midwives citing poor job satisfaction, low salaries, and lack of career opportunities (Adegoke et al., 2015).
HEALTH WORKER PRODUCTION 193 Multiple studies have found decreased risk of emigration of health workers from low- and middle-income countries with ex- panded in-country specialty training, opportunities for research, and partnerships with universities that can offer research and lead- ership training. In-country training of physician specialists has been shown to improve retention, with 87 percent to 97 percent of sur- geons trained at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons from 2003 to 2016 remaining in Ghana (Gyedu et al., 2019). In the 25 institutions that train surgeons in the 10 countries that are covered by the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA), 85.1 percent of 1,038 graduates from 1974 to 2013 stayed in the country of training, 88.3 percent stayed in the COSECSA region, and 93.4 percent stayed in Africa (Hutch et al., 2017). Despite the increase in health workers and the upgrading of skills, there was a tension between the perceived need for specialized care and advanced practice skills and the perceived need for more general prac- tice and primary care. The Alma Ata Declaration of 1978, reiterated in 2018, identified primary health care as pivotal to attaining the goal of health for all. Although significant advances have been made in primary health care, including health benefits across the social gradient, many have drifted away in preference for specific vertical health care programs (WHO, 1978, 2008). The tension between primary and specialist care can be further compounded by systems of financing. The payment poli- cies in some insurance-based financing favor specialized services, while in some cases efforts to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) can increase the demand for primary care by reducing the financial burden for those seeking such care (Rao and Pilot, 2014).5 Rwandaâs movement toward UHC is often cited as an example of success. Rwanda is continuing to make progress toward improved access to and use of healthÂ care through community-based health insurance and performance-based financing. Both options emphasize primary and preven- tive care, contributing to the envisioned Alma Ata Declaration with posi- tive effects on the use of health care services such as curative care visits, institutional deliveries, antenatal care, or child health care (Collins et al., 2016; Rusa et al., 2009). The annual per capita use rate for community- based health insurance members surpassed the WHO recommended aver- age of 1.0 visit, with 1.23 visits at the health center level and 0.18 at the district hospital level in 2012 and 2013. This was a marked increase from the 0.25 visits recorded in 1999 (Kalisa et al., 2016). A specialty care model, when implemented successfully, can also expand access to care and care delivery through the implementation of management 5âThis text has changed since the prepublication release of this report.
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