Will the WHO Global Code stop the brain drain? What will it take to succeed?

Parallel Session 3

Venue: TBC

Day and time: Thursday, 27 January 2011 - 15:30-17:30

The WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel was adopted by the 63rd World health Assembly. It marks the first voluntary code developed under WHO in 30 years, and needs implementation strategies and involvement of all stakeholders to be successful.

The recent adoption of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel by the Sixty-third World Health Assembly has generated much enthusiasm and expectation from all stakeholders, including: Member States, health personnel, health professional organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and recruiters/employment agencies.

This landmark instrument marks the first time that a voluntary code has been developed under WHO auspices in 30 years. However, such Code will be successful only if all stakeholders, and in particular Member States, play a key role in its implementation and proper implementation strategies are developed.

This sessions objectives include to:

  • Discuss the implications, benefits and challenges of the adoption of the WHO Code for Member States and other stakeholders;
  • Review and discuss strategies for a successful implementation of the WHO Code, including the recently published WHO implementation strategy;
  • Highlight the WHO Code as an impetus for human resources for health development from a country and global perspective.
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