World Health Assembly 2010: Code of Practice on international recruitment of health personnel adopted!

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.

World Health Assembly 2010: CODE of PRACTICE Emerges from Committee

It looks like the Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel may pass out of the World Health Assembly before we adjourn on Friday.  When it comes up, Dr. Amy Hagopian will testify on behalf of the Global Health Council.

There are a lot of heroes in this story.  The most recent bearers of the torch are the hard-working and high-stamina delegates from low-income countries and their delegate friends in solidarity from Norway, the European Union as headed by Spain, Sweden, and other right-thinking countries (or are those left-thinking countries?). Read more about the latest developments at Blog 4 Global Health.

World health Assembly 2010: Update on health worker code

There was late-breaking news at the World Health Assembly on Monday with regard to the Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. The Spanish delegation made a late afternoon motion in Committee A to move the code OFF the agenda for a Tuesday vote, and instead to send it to a drafting committee for improvements. Read Dr. Amy Hagopian’s post at Blog 4 Global Health.

World Health Assembly 2010: important vote on global health workforce

The 63rd annual World Health Assembly opens May 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm with an address by Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization.  There are several potentially important issues on the agenda, but the one of great interest to APHA’s International Health Section is the scheduled vote tomorrow afternoon on item 11.5,  “International recruitment of health personnel: draft global code of practice.”

Read Dr. Amy Hagopian’s, member of our section and Governing Councilor, blog post about this important vote on the Blog 4 Global Health.