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Emigrating young physicians leave Greece with an aging health workforce

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Ten facts about health workers and the brain drain

Migration is a much debated subject around the world. We are investigating the impacts that migration on countries, migrants, business and more. Today we hear from Martin Drewry, Director of Health Poverty Action on the issue of brain drain. Read more of the series Migration Matters. Doctor Kouakoussui gives advice to a patient at PMI hospital. Côte d’Ivoire. Ami … Continue reading →

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This Week in PLOS Medicine: Brain Drain from Africa to US

This week PLOS Medicine publishes the following new articles: Image credit: Mishel Churkin, Flickr Emigration of physicians from Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to high income countries is considered a “brain drain” because the countries of origin have often paid for the physicians’ training, and the SSA countries have a very low number of physicians relative to the population. Analyzing the AMA Physician Masterfile and the WHO Global Health Workforce Statistics, Siankam Tankwanchi and colleagues report that the number of physicians trained in SSA now living in the US increased in the last decade, with increases from all studied countries other than South Africa. The number of migrant SSA physicians exceeds the total number of physicians in Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe combined (around 10,000 from 2005-2010). These seven countries combined have 0.05 physicians for every 1,000 people, compared to 2.5 physicians per 1,000 people in the US in 2009, a 50-fold difference. In a linked Perspective, Giorgio Cometto and colleagues discuss the steps that destination countries and countries in SSA can take to address this problem.

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Locally relevant medical education: stopping the brain drain or stunting…

The concept of locally-relevant medical training was first introduced by Eyal and Hurst as a way to combat “brain drain,” the exodus of trained professionals from poor sending countries to the richer countries of the West. Brain drain can have devastating consequences for the already fragile health systems of underdeveloped sending countries, and it represents a massive loss of investment for sending countries who have subsidized their graduates’ medical training only to see them leave to provide their services abroad. The WHOhas since endorsed the locally-relevant training model as a way in which to address the disproportionate shortage of health professionals in poor and remote regions of the world. So, how does it work?

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