WHO agrees new code on ethical recruitment of international health personnel

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 25 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2784
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The World Health Organization agreed on 21 May to a new voluntary global code of practice on the ethical recruitment of international health personnel which discourages countries from actively recruiting from poor nations facing critical staff shortages.

    Severe shortages in 57 poor nations pose a major threat to the performance of already resource strapped health systems and undermines the ability of these nations to achieve key health objectives, says the WHO.

    The code, adopted by ministers during the annual World Health Assembly, the WHO’s supreme body, also calls for countries which recruit staff from poorer countries to fund the training of health professionals in those countries.

    It also recommends countries should “facilitate circular migration of health personnel [the freedom for medical personnel who have emigrated to go back and forth without restrictions]” …

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