63rd World Health Assembly Adopts Historic Code of Practice to Curb Aggressive Recruitment of Health Personnel from Poor Countries to Rich Countries
Geneva, 20 May 2010. In only the second time in its history, the United Nations’ World Health Assembly voted tonight in Geneva at 8 pm to adopt a voluntary code directing nations to employ more ethical practices in relation to a major international health problem. The Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel sets forth ten articles advising both source and destination countries on how to regulate the recruitment of health personnel in a way that mitigates damage to low-income countries struggling to meet the basic health needs of their populations in a setting of serious workforce deficits.
Read the media release from the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative (HWAI) and of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) on Medicus Mundi International’s website.
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Which countries have voluntarily agreed to this accord?
The accord was approved by all nations in the World Health Assembly. The next step is implementation! I have not seen any countries present their implementation plans yet. The Global Health Workforce Alliance and its affiliated Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative will be the locus of activity: http://www.healthworkforce.info/HWAI/Welcome.html