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Table 3 District health workforce both public and private health facilitiesa

From: Context matters: a qualitative study of the practicalities and dilemmas of delivering integrated chronic care within primary and secondary care settings in a rural Malawian district

Cadre Required position Current staff total Percentage filled position
Clinical/facility-based practitioners
 Medical officer/specialist 11 2 18.2%
 Dentist 1 0 0%
 Pharmacist 2 0 0%
 Clinical officer/ technician 113 20 17.7%
 Pharmacy technician 20 5 25%
 Nursing officer registered nurse 38 21 55.3%
 Nurse midwife technician 322 69 21.4%
 Medical assistant 51 23 45.1%
 Mental health staff - clinical 0 0 None
 Mental health staff - nursing 2 0 0%
 Community midwife assistant 6 12 200%
 Pharmacy assistant 10 2 20%
 Lab officer 1 0 0%
 Lab technician 21 6 28.6%
 Lab assistant 15 1 6.7%
 Dental therapist 17 3 17.6%
 Radiographer 3 2 66.7%
 Radiographer technician 4 2 50%
 Home craft worker 48 13 27.1%
Public/community health practitioners
 Nutrition staff 1 0 0%
 Education/Environmental health officer 24 9 37.5%
 Health surveillance assistants 250 217 86.8%
Other category
 Missing 0 1 Not specified
 Not included 676 445 65.8%
Total 1636 901 55.1%
  1. aSOURCE:Human Resources for Health audit for year 2016/2017 obtained from Phalombe District Health Office