Institute for Global Health


Retention of nurses in rural Nepal: how can health sector decentralisation help?



Project Summary

Recruiting and retaining Staff Nurse and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives with Skilled Birth Attendant training in rural areas is an essential step towards increasing maternal and newborn survival in Nepal.

Recruitment of nurses by health facilities has been identified as a strategy that may encourage locally appropriate recruitment and increase access to maternal health care. Yet the extent of local recruitment and its effect on health service provision is largely unknown.

Our study evaluates the effectiveness of local recruitment of nurses, specifically examining their job satisfaction, motivation, and retention in rural areas.

Links to other research

Other research from IGH in Nepal