Health workforce

Summaries of contributions

Esuga Moses - Health Systems Management, Abuja, Nigeria

The right to migration is a fundamental human right and must not be tampered with. However, the inability of Sub-Saharan African countries (SSAs) to keep their health workers is not unconnected with the lip-service many of them pay to issues of health care. The political will to execute health improvement projects in SSAs is lacking.

SSAs spend huge amounts training health workers who later migrate without blinking an eye on the investments made in them. These overt or covert costs should be considered in the contracts of health workers who wish to migrate. Make it a legal transaction between countries and allow the migrant to be assured of equal opportunities in the recipient country.

A part of the earnings of such a migrant should be ploughed back to the country of origin and adequate room made for the transfer of skills acquired in more advanced countries to be shared with less developed countries. Every migrant needs to understand the important role he/she must play in order to contribute to the development of health-care delivery in his/her country of origin.

Nasser Al-Akhram - Ministry of Public Health and Population, Yemen

We think this initiative must take into consideration the need to help Member States to establish accreditation institutions to be more competent outside their countries. In some countries we think there needs to be more transparency through helping them to establish an HRH information system and subsystems in the counties.

Ezekiel Oluoch Ogutu - National Bureau of Statistics, Nairobi, Kenya

I have read the document and wish to register my appreciation for the great effort that has been made to prepare it. In my view, this is a very good document that requires Member States to adopt and implement.

On Article 10, provisions should be made for designated national authorities to compile their reports in consultation and participation with stakeholders and NGOs. This will enable sharing of information and wider inclusion of concerned parties. It is only in instances where a party does not agree with parts of the national reports that they can make their observation to WHO. It is my hope that developing countries will be able to access technical assistance to review their national laws and policies in line with the code.

Last update:

10 October 2014 13:28 CEST