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Training of public health professionals in developing countries 

Training of public health professionals in developing countries
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Training of public health professionals in developing countries
Author(s):

Vonthanak Saphonn

, San Hone

, and Roger Detels

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199661756.003.0243
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date: 22 September 2019

A well-designed, responsive public health system is essential for the well-being of citizens of developing (as well as developed) countries, and must be a government priority. The effectiveness of the health system ultimately depends on the quality, ability, and performance of the people who work in the system. Appropriate and competent training for health workers at each level is therefore essential to the effectiveness of the health system and, ultimately, the health of a country’s citizens, and must include postgraduate/refresher training to ensure the continued competency of the public health workforce. This chapter addresses each of these issues in greater depth and makes suggestions for improvement and enhancement of health training in developing countries.

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