Human Resources for Health in Rural China : an Assessment of the Current Situation and Projection of Future Needs

Recent official documents pertaining to healthcare delivery system reform in China have focused mainly on infrastructure, equipment, management, insurance and drug policies. There has been little if any attention paid to human resources for health. Given the time and resources required to train qualified primary care providers and specialists, the issue merits immediate attention.

This project aims to provide empirical evidence on current and future needs for healthcare personnel, as well as information on the quantity and quality of current human resources for health in rural China. The study will take into consideration physical, environmental, social and economic, as well as the usual demographic, factors The findings will be used to project future requirements and guide policy recommendations geared to ensuring adequate provision of health workers to meet the changing needs of rural China.

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Start Date

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

End Date

Sunday, April 1, 2012


30 months

IDRC Officer

Ingabire, Marie-Gloriose

Total funding

CA$ 646,200


Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, China


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Minquan Liu


Peking University as represented by XU Zhihong

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