WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION ISSUES CODE ON INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CARE RECRUITMENT

Posted on: May 30th, 2010
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From the Seattle Times:

LAST week, international health leaders meeting at the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva made history by endorsing new guidelines to prevent health-worker brain drain from developing countries.

Nations unanimously adopted a voluntary global code that sets ethical principles around the movement of health workers. It was only the second time in the assembly’s history that nations agreed to an ethical code.

The Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel acknowledges the right of health workers to migrate, while also acknowledging the right to the highest attainable standard of health. It calls on rich nations to meet their own internal demands without taking health workers away from countries that can least afford to lose them.

Here is the code:

WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel