WHO recommendations: Optimizing health worker roles for maternal and newborn health through task shifting


A more rational distribution of tasks and responsibilities among cadres of health workers may improve access to maternal and newborn care.

Aim of the WHO recommendations

To help address critical health workforce shortages that slow down progress towards the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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These recommendations are intended for:

health policy-makers, managers, and other stakeholders at a regional, national and international level. The recommendations were developed through a formal, structured process including a thorough review of available evidence (Main guidance document). Countries and agencies need to adapt the recommendations to meet local needs and priorities (Annex 8).