Healthcare workers and the brain drain

Case study

Gamal I. Serour

Publication details

Number of pages: 4
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English


This paper describes the worldwide shortage of healthcare workers which coupled with a disproportionate concentration of health workers in high-income nations and urban areas, and the migration of health professionals to these nations stands in the way of achieving key public health priorities such as reducing child and maternal mortality, increasing vaccine coverage, and battling epidemics such as HIV/AIDS.

Improving the health workforce database, wages, health resources and working conditions, task shifting, pay-back from recipient countries and migrant health professionals, securing additional investment in the health workforce, and the development of locally relevant medical training and research are useful measures to combat this problem.[ Adapted from abstract]