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.
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.
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.
The APHA Trade and Health Forum was formed last April. Some of you have asked for an update as to what the forum is, what it has done, and plans for the coming year.
This past year’s APHA conference in Washington DC included the first face-to-face business meeting of the new Forum on Trade and Health. Over 25 people from a variety of sections gathered to discuss how global trade affects public health, and what we can do about it. The Forum sponsored three oral sessions and one poster session, and co-sponsored several other events. The Forum welcomes new participants from any section! Continue reading “Are you interested in the APHA Trade and Health Forum?”