Health workforce planning in Namibia: assessing a pilot workforce survey of pharmacists

Timothy Rennie, Vulika Nangombe, Tafadzwa Mangombe, Dan Kibuule, Christian J. Hunter

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Abstract

Background: Southern Africa lacks resources necessary to combat presenting health challenges. This crisis will likely be remedied through the in-country training of healthcare professionals, for example, in Namibia. Monitoring the workforce will be essential to inform planning in health services and training. A national pilot workforce survey in Namibia using a multi-modal sampling approach aimed to test methodology for describing the pharmacy workforce and quantifying preferences towards further training. Methods: The survey tool included questions relating to socio-demographics, professional and practice aspects. A conjoint analysis approach was utilised to quantify preferences around study programme, modality of study and cost. Key findings: Respondents (N = 135; ~20% response) represented a diverse range of individuals in various pharmacy sectors in Namibia. The majority of respondents reported female gender, private sector working, studying outside Namibia and societal group membership. Societal membership and pharmacy ownership – indicators of professional engagement – were associated with higher age; ownership was also associated with study outside Namibia and practice in community pharmacy. Regarding further study preferences, respondents placed more importance on study programme and modality over cost with the most preferred scenario being a 2-year full-time Masters programme in pharmaceutical industry/regulation by distance learning at the highest cost bracket. Conclusions: This national survey sampled the population of pharmacists in Namibia exploring the composition of the profession and preferences towards training. Further work will validate the findings and provide ongoing monitoring of the pharmacy workforce that can be expanded to other professional groups over a larger geographical area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-574
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Volume27
Issue number6
Early online date5 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • career choices
  • education
  • other topics
  • professional practice
  • research method
  • skill mix
  • workforce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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