Africa's medical brain drain

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7519.780-c (Published 29 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:780

Summary of responses to recent editorial on stopping Africa's brain drain

  1. Birte Twisselmann, assistant editor (web)
  1. BMJ

    The 20-odd international responses to Johnson's editorial on stopping Africa's medical brain drain agreed that the brain drain is an inescapable reality for the countries of Africa (although India and other parts of Asia were also mentioned or implied).1 Some correspondents proffered possible reasons or attributed blame; some suggested possible solutions; some saw advantages to “medical migration”; and many raised pertinent questions.

    Few correspondents simply “blamed” developed countries for luring the talent away from developing countries. Many of them with African or Asian names found fault with their own countries for not being able to keep …

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