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Ten countries in Africa desperately seek doctors.
May 21, 2010, 10:19 pm
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With an estimated two doctors for every 100,000 people and a 60 percent vacancy rate for nurses in rural areas, Malawi has turned to “task-shifting” – the use of less qualified health workers. A new cadre of health worker, called a health surveillance assistant (HSA), carries out tasks usually handled by highly trained physicians. In 2007, for example, 95 percent of 625,000 HIV tests were performed by non-medical counsellors.

For any of our supporters and readers who happen to be medical professionals looking to make an impact, there is a huge need for trained medical staff, not just in Malawi but a growing number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Check your national MSF office, Merlin, Medecins du Monde or a number of other organisations to get involved.


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