Impact of HIV/AIDS On Human Resources for Health In Tanzania

E Muhondwa, B Fimbo
Executive Summary This study sought to document the impact of HIV/AIDS on the human resources in the health sector in Tanzania. Its specific objectives were to assess the impact of HIV/AIDS on the human resources in the health sector in Tanzania, to provide up to date and specific data on the needs and the supply of human resources in the health sector, and to inform the formulation of strategies for strengthening human resources in the health sector. This is the third, in a series of studies
more » ... series of studies of this kind supported by the East, Central and Southern Africa -Health Secretariat. The other studies were done in Malawi and Kenya in 2004. The assessment covered 66 health facilities in 8 regions of Tanzania Mainland. Data collection was done in December 2005. The regions were selected purposively to reflect the range of the magnitude of the HIV/AIDS burden in the country, and the health facilities were in turn selected to provide a cross section of the health services structure in the regions. These comprised 7 Regional Hospitals, 17 District Hospitals, 16 other types of hospitals mainly within the private sector, 19 Health Centres and 7 Dispensaries. A multi -method approach was used in carrying out the assessment. The methods used were interviews with heads of the selected health facilities, interviews with a sample of 468 health workers, and a review of health facility documents and records.