Researchers Discuss How Doctor Absenteeism May Play Role In Maternal Mortality In Uganda

BMJ Opinion: Maternal mortality in low-resource settings: are doctors part of the solution or the problem?
Louise Ackers, James Ackers-Johnson, and Robert Ssekitoleko, all based in the Knowledge, Health and Place Research Group at Salford University and all trustees of Knowledge For Change, examine the potential causes of high maternal mortality rates in Uganda, writing, “Our research suggests that the failure of doctors to present themselves for work is one of the primary causes of maternal mortality in Uganda. UKAid interventions should focus on providing support with and enforcement of effective human resource management and accountability systems as a non-negotiable conditionality principle. This can only be achieved through more genuinely democratic, multi-professional, and multi-disciplinary team-working” (6/28).

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