Non-Physician Clinicians in 47 Sub-Saharan African Countries




Mullan F, Frehywot S

Series/Journal Title:

The Lancet


Many countries have health-care providers who are not trained as physicians but who take on many of the diagnostic and clinical functions of medical doctors. We identified non-physician clinicians (NPCs) in 25 of 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, although their roles varied widely between countries… Low training costs, reduced training duration, and success in rural placements suggest that NPCs could have substantial roles in the scale-up of health workforces in sub-Saharan African countries, including for the planned expansion of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes. [summary]

Note: You will need to complete a free registration on The Lancet website in order to access the full text.


Geographic Focus

Resource Type