International Recruitment of Health Personnel - Draft Global Code of Practice
AbstractOne of the main reasons why a WHO code of practice on international recruitment of health personnel would be useful is that it would provide a vital and much-needed global framework for international cooperation. The WHO Code would potentially provide a global platform for regular and continuous global dialogue and international cooperation in issues related to health workforce migration. It also has the potential to provide needed guidance to Member States on internationally accepted principles and standards for health workforce migration. The objectives of the Code are: (i) to establish and promote voluntary principles, standards and practices for international recruitment of health personnel; (ii) to serve as an instrument of reference in the field of international recruitment of health personnel and in the formulation and implementation of appropriate measures and (iii) to facilitate and promote international discussion and advance cooperation in matters related to international recruitment of health personnel, with a focus on the situation of Member States facing a critical health personnel shortage. It is hoped that debating these issues and agreeing on the content of the Code would be the contribution that the African Region could make to this Code given that the Region is one of the most, if not the most, affected in terms of the loss of skilled health workers due to migration.
Regional Committee for Africa, 59. (2011). International Recruitment of Health Personnel - Draft Global Code of Practice. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1800