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Poor countries lose 15% of their skilled staff to rich countries, UN report says

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39279.709144.DB (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:119
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    Poor and rich countries alike need policies to reduce the serious effects of the medical sector “brain drain” on the world's 50 poorest nations, most of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, a UN report says.

    “It's a very real problem, and at present there aren't policies in place,” said Charles Gore, the report's lead author and chief of research and policy analysis at UNCTAD (the UN Conference on Trade and Development), the UN body that promotes the integration of poor countries into the world economy.

    “Something has to be done about this: it cannot all rest on the shoulders of the LDCs [least developed countries],” he said.

    The main point of the agency's report is that emigration of skilled workers will continue and that policies need to be crafted to address the serious problems this …

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