|South African Medical Journal, 2001|
"The recruitment and retention of professional health workers in underserved areas is a complex and global issue. In South Africa numerous studies in the past have drawn attention to the issue of the maldistribution of health professionals - in essence, the fewest doctors are found in areas where there is the greatest need. Consequently, one of the broad policies outlined in the 1997 White Paper for the Transformation of the Health System in South Africa aims to 'distribute health personnel throughout the country in an equitable manner'. However, in a detailed quantitative analysis of the distribution of health personnel in South Africa, comparing the situation in 1994/95 with 1998, Makan found that there had been 'very little, if any, shift towards the establishment of an equitable distribution of human resources in the South African public health sector'."