Quality (289) Improving quality of care at the facility level (33) Staff absenteeism (2)

21 August, 2021

Thank you Goran for highlighting the problem of staff absenteeism in Kurdistan region of Iraq. I understand this is a major issue worldwide, particularly in countries where public sector salaries are insufficient to meet the basic needs of healthcare providers.

I invite HIFA members to share your experience of this issue. It seems especially challenging to address as long as salaries remain inadequate. How were you able to deal with it?

We come back to the question of meeting the basic needs of healthcare providers in low-resource settings 'versus' quality improvement approaches. What is the role of quality improvement approaches in situations where basis needs cannot be met? Can they be tackled together?

Best wishes, Neil

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org