February 8, 2011
The Dutch Alliance for Human Resources for Health, of which IFHHRO is a member, recently published the report Chances for Change. Dutch measures to improve the global distribution of health personnel.
In this report, the Alliance argues that the global distribution of health personnel is a human rights issue. The Right to Health in developing countries is severely compromised by the ‘brain drain’ of doctors and nurses. Led by Wemos, a Dutch health and human rights organisation, the Dutch Alliance for Human Resources for Health calls upon governments and other actors in health to take full responsibility for their contribution to improve the global distribution of health personnel. Sound migration policies and improved training, recruitment, retention and employment of personnel will greatly support the attainment of the right to health everywhere in the world. In 2011, the Alliance will focus on the implementation in the Netherlands of the WHO Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Human Resources for Health.
Chances for Change. Dutch measures to improve the global distribution of health personnel. Wemos/Dutch Alliance for HRH, December 2010
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Update: At a parliamentary meeting on health care on 9 March 2011, the Dutch minister for Health, Welfare and Sport promised to discuss the implementation of the WHO Code of Practice with various partners, including Wemos.