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Recruitment and retention strategies, policies, and their barriers: A narrative review in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

​Building resilient and people‐centered health systems are foundational to advancing universal health coverage and ensuring that communities receive their right to health. However, it is impossible to achieve health equity without adequate numbers of well‐trained and properly distributed health workers. 

Understanding the main factors affecting recruitment and retention of health workers in rural and remote communities in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, is crucial for proper policy development and the equitable achievement of universal health coverage.

Dr. Mohamad Alameddine from the Health Management and Policy department at the Faculty of Health Sciences in the American University of Beirut, and Dr, Mereth Khalil from the Department of Universal Health Coverage and Health Systems Development, at the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organization in Cairo published a study on “Recruitment and retention strategies, policies, and their barriers: A narrative review in the Eastern Mediterranean Region".

The study explores the global challenges in recruiting and retaining health workers in rural and remote communities, which is exacerbated in low‐ and middle‐income countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), and the push and pull factors affecting retention in these communities with the aim to guide the development of evidence‐based policies and interventions.

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