Follow-up on selected resolutions/decisions of the last three years: international migration of health personnel: a challenge for health systems in developing countries
AbstractInternational migration of the health workforce is a challenge for countries as it impedes the momentum of strengthening health systems. In response to Regional Committee Resolution SEA/RC60/R9 and to sustain the health workforce in a health system, the Regional Office is developing tools to assess and explore the trend or pattern of migration and categories of health workforce that migrate from and to the South-East Asia (SEA) Region. It is also developing a database for health workforce in the SEA Region that will include the yearly output of health workforce, as well as the proportion that migrates and its categories. The database will contribute towards crafting of policies and strategies for health workforce retention and setting up forums for discussion and exploration to develop a regional code of practice for the ethical recruitment of health workers that will enable government-to-government exchange of the health workforce without incapacitating the health system in the country of origin and collaboration with Global Alliance for Health Workforce, World Trade Organization, Asia Pacific Action Alliance for HRH, International Organization for Migration, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for technical and policy dialogue. The views and recommendations of the Meeting of Advisory Committee (ACM) on this agenda item will be submitted to the Sixty-first Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2008). Follow-up on selected resolutions/decisions of the last three years: international migration of health personnel: a challenge for health systems in developing countries. New Delhi : WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/126815
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