Resource Spotlight: Who Are Health Managers? Case Studies from Three African Countries

Health managers © WHO
Health managers © WHO

A continuing emphasis on decentralization in developing countries makes the need for managers with the right skills even more essential. However, health systems in developing countries lack data and information regarding health service managers. While most health workforce statistics record the availability of various cadres of health professionals, as currently structured, they do not provide information on the actual roles played by health professionals, many of whom play management and other roles in addition to their professional tasks. The managerial function is rarely a part of human resources for health management development plans.

While the study focused on whom managers are and their qualifications using studies in Ghana, Ethiopia and Tanzania, it also briefly examined other limiting factors in the working environment of managers, such as the lack of incentives and inadequate authority to perform their duties and examined human resources management support systems. [adapted from author]

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