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The experience of medical training and expectations regarding future medical practice of medical students in the Cuban-supported Medical School in Timor-Leste

Background The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyse the professional expectations and profile of medical students at the Cuban-supported School of General Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the National University of Timor-Leste. Methods A piloted, standardized questionnaire, with closed- and open-ended questions, was distributed to registered...

The experience of medical training and expectations regarding future medical practice of medical students in the Cuban-supported Medical School in Timor-Leste

The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyse the professional expectations and profile of medical students at the Cuban-supported School of General Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the National University of Timor-Leste. A piloted, standardized questionnaire, with closed- and open-ended questions, was distributed to registered medical students...

Negotiating markets for health: an exploration of physicians’ engagement in dual practice in three African capital cities

Scarce evidence exists on the features, determinants and implications of physicians’ dual practice, especially in resource-poor settings. This study considered dual practice patterns in three African cities and the respective markets for physician services, with the objective of understanding the influence of local determinants on the practice. Forty-eight semi-structured...

Why do some physicians in Portuguese-speaking African countries work exclusively for the private sector? Findings from a mixed-methods study

Background Despite the growing interest in the private health sector in low- and middle-income countries, little is known about physicians working outside the public sector. The present work adopts a mixed-methods approach to explore characteristics, working patterns, choices, and motivations of the physicians working exclusively for the private sector in the capital cities of...

The rise of medical training in Portuguese speaking African countries

4 Maria Alexandra Rodrigues 3 Paulo Ferrinho 0 0 International Public Health and Biostatics Unit, WHO Collaborating Center for Health Policy and Workforce Planning, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina

Task-shifting: experiences and opinions of health workers in Mozambique and Zambia

Background This paper describes the task-shifting taking place in health centres and district hospitals in Mozambique and Zambia. The objectives of this study were to identify the perceived causes and factors facilitating or impeding task-shifting, and to determine both the positive and negative consequences of task-shifting for the service users, for the services and for health...

What influences national and foreign physicians’ geographic distribution? An analysis of medical doctors’ residence location in Portugal

Background The debate over physicians’ geographical distribution has attracted the attention of the economic and public health literature over the last forty years. Nonetheless, it is still to date unclear what influences physicians’ location, and whether foreign physicians contribute to fill the geographical gaps left by national doctors in any given country. The present...

The human resource for health situation in Zambia: deficit and maldistribution

Introduction Current health policy directions in Zambia are formulated in the National Health Strategic Plan. The Plan focuses on national health priorities, which include the human resources (HR) crisis. In this paper we describe the way the HRH establishment is distributed in the different provinces of Zambia, with a view to assess the dimension of shortages and of imbalances...

Costing the scaling-up of human resources for health: lessons from Mozambique and Guinea Bissau

Ferrinho 0 1 0 Department of International Health, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical , Rua da Junqueira 100, Lisbon, 1349-0008 Portugal 1 Department of International Health, Instituto de Higiene e

Costing the scaling-up of human resources for health: lessons from Mozambique and Guinea Bissau

In the context of the current human resources for health (HRH) crisis, the need for comprehensive Human Resources Development Plans (HRDP) is acute, especially in resource-scarce sub-Saharan African countries. However, the financial implications of such plans rarely receive due consideration, despite the availability of much advice and examples in the literature on how to conduct...

Profile and professional expectations of medical students in Mozambique: a longitudinal study

Introduction This paper compares the socioeconomic profile of medical students registered at the Faculty of Medicine of Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (FM-UEM), Maputo, for the years 1998/99 and 2007/08. Case study The objective is to describe the medical students' social and geographical origins, expectations and perceived difficulties regarding their education and professional...

The training and professional expectations of medical students in Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique

Background The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze the professional expectations of medical students during the 2007-2008 academic year at the public medical schools of Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique, and to identify their social and geographical origins, their professional expectations and difficulties relating to their education and professional future...

The training and expectations of medical students in Mozambique

Background This paper describes the socio-economic profile of medical students in the 1998/99 academic year at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) Medical Faculty in Maputo. It aims to identify their social and geographical origins in addition to their expectations and difficulties regarding their education and professional future. Methods The data were collected through a...

The training and expectations of medical students in Mozambique

This paper describes the socio-economic profile of medical students in the 1998/99 academic year at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) Medical Faculty in Maputo. It aims to identify their social and geographical origins in addition to their expectations and difficulties regarding their education and professional future. The data were collected through a questionnaire...

Dual practice in the health sector: review of the evidence

This paper reports on income generation practices among civil servants in the health sector, with a particular emphasis on dual practice. It first approaches the subject of public–private overlap. Thereafter it focuses on coping strategies in general and then on dual practice in particular. To compensate for unrealistically low salaries, health workers rely on individual coping...

Pilfering for survival: how health workers use access to drugs as a coping strategy

Background Coping strategies have, in some countries, become so prevalent that it has been widely assumed that the very notion of civil services ethos has completely – and possibly irreversibly – disappeared. This paper describes the importance and the nature of pilfering of drugs by health staff in Mozambique and Cape Verde, as perceived by health professionals from these...

Patterns of perceptions of workplace violence in the Portuguese health care sector

Regional Health Authority VAHPITWP Violence against health professionals in the workplace Competing interests None declared. Authors' contributions Paulo Ferrinho was the overall coordinator. All ... Ana Rita Antunes collaborated in the hospital data collection. Ins Fronteira, Ana Rita Antunes and Paulo Ferrinho carried out the fieldwork for the stakeholders study. Isabel Craveiro and Ana Rita

How and Why Public Sector Doctors Engage in Private Practice in Portuguese-speaking African Countries

Objective: To explore the type of private practice supplementary income-generating activities of public sector doctors in the Portuguese-speaking African countries, and also to discover the motivations and the reasons why doctors have not made a complete move out of public service. Design: cross-sectional qualitative survey. Subjects: In 1996, 28 Angolan doctors, 26 from Guinea...