Democratic Republic of the Congo Tackles Ghost Workers, Mobilizes Resources for Real Health…

Photo by Morgana Wingard for USAID (CC BY-NC 2.0) December 13, 2017 Thanks to the power of data, government officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) discovered that 27% of health workers receiving government salaries and 42% of those receiving risk allowances in two large provinces—Kasaï Central and Kasaï—were ghost workers. In response, the Ministry of Public Health rapidly reallocated funds to cover 781 salaries and 2,613 risk allowances for real health workers, such as nurses and midwives who had previously been underpaid or uncompensated. Scarce resources make it challenging for the DRC to pay its public-sector health workers regular salaries. About half receive monthly stipends called “risk allowances” instead. And some subsist on informal means of compensation

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Tackles Ghost Workers, Mobilizes Resources for Real Health…