Resource Spotlight: Migration of the Global Health Workforce
The current global shortage of health workers impedes access to basic health services around the world. Medical advances and older populations in industrialized nations have led to serious health workforce shortages that are projected to last for decades to come. But within this international shortage, gaping inequities exist between countries. In many poor developing nations, the health workforce crisis is exacerbated by the migration of health practitioners to developed nations, which are increasingly reliant on foreign workers to provide access to health services for their own population.
This five minute video outlines the issues and problems of health worker migration from the perspective of the health worker, the population, and the countries involved in the recruitment and training of the global health workforce. It emphasizes the need to search for ways to mitigate health worker migration's negative effects on countries that need health workers the most. [adapted from publisher]
View this resource.
The HRH Global Resource Center has other resources on this topic including:
- WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitement of Health Personnel: The Evolution of Global Health Diplomacy
- Brain Gain: Making Health Worker Migration Work for Rich and Poor Countries
- An Introductory Guide to International Migration in the Health Sector for Workers and Trade Unionists
For additional resources on this topic, visit the Out Migration/Brain Drain subject category.
Past Resource Spotlights
- Health Policy Toolkit
- Labour Market for Human Resources for Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
- Effect of UK Policy on Medical Migration: A Time Series Analysis of Physician Registration Data